Chief of Staff: Over 3,000 troops killed in Donbas conflict
3,064 Ukrainian troops and law enforcers were killed and another 10,753 were wounded in the armed conflict with the Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko said in an interview with the Holos Ukrainy newspaper, radiosvoboda.org reports.
Among the dead 2,636 are military servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with 2,148 – killed in action.
Muzhenko clarified that these data was as of late November.
According to the military official, the calculations of the General Staff show that in the case of Russia’s full-scale military aggression against Ukraine, the country would lose some 10,000-12,000 people.
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According to Muzhenko, in 2016 more than 64,000 contractors joined the AFU.
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