Battle of Debaltseve: 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen withdrew from battlefield
18:31, 18 February 2016

Battle of Debaltseve: 2,500 Ukrainian servicemen withdrew from battlefield

Government troops managed to withdraw 15 tanks and 50 IFVs from the battlefield, said former Head of ATO Staff

18:31, 18 February 2016

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

During the battle of Debaltseve in Donetsk region, 110 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, 270 wounded, 18 gone missing and seven more were captured. Olexandr Syrsky, former Head of ATO Staff, said this at a briefing in Kyiv dedicated to the anniversary of the Battle of Debaltseve.  

By various estimates, about 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers and officers managed to leave the battlefield, which by mid-February 2015 was surrounded and heavily shelled by Russian regular army units and armed groups of the so-called DPR, the pro-Kremlin mercenaries. Syrsky added that government forces saved about 200 armored vehicles from the war-torn Debaltseve, including 15 tanks and 50 infantry fighting vehicles.

The battle of Debaltseve took place in January-February 2015 in Donetsk region. A large transport hub and an outpost of strategic importance, the town became the battlefield of one of the bloodiest battles in the war in Donbas. Both sides took heavy casualties.

Currently, Debaltseve is under control of pro-Russian militants.

Most recently, on February 17, 112 Ukraine TV channel aired the documentary about the battle, to mark the anniversary of those tragic events. 

Related: Documentary about Battle of Debaltseve to be aired on February 17

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