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"The Defense Ministry's commission for considering citizens entitled to status of a participant in military operations has granted ATO participant status to 3,413 soldiers and armed forces personnel this week," she said.

"Since the beginning of the year, the number of the soldiers who have decided to serve in the army with enlistment contracts has increased to 7,800 men," Kushnir said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, ATO participant status was granted to 108,465 soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces as of the beginning of February.