Documentary about Battle of Debaltseve to be aired on February 17
20:13, 16 February 2016

Documentary about Battle of Debaltseve to be aired on February 17

The date marks the anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the Donbas conflict

20:13, 16 February 2016

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

According to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, the film will be aired by four Ukrainian channels. The first show will take place at UA.First channel (7.30 p.m), Channel 24 (8 p.m), ICTV (8.20 p.m) and Channel 5 (10 p.m).  

By the Defense Ministry’s estimates, during intensive military actions in Debaltseve, Donetsk region, which took place from February 15 through February 18, 110 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, 270 wounded; 7 were captured and 18 gone missing. About one-third of Ukrainian military vehicles that participated in the battle were either destroyed by the enemy or rendered immobile by Ukrainian troops during their retreat from Debaltseve.  

After long-lasting defense of Debaltseve, Ukrainian units withdrew from the city under extreme pressure of Russian regular army units and pro-Kremlin mercenaries. In April 2015, the Prosecutor General’s Office started criminal investigation on crimes that took place during the withdrawal of Ukrainian units from Debaltseve.

As of February 2016, Debaltseve, the important transport hub and outpost of strategic importance, is under control of DPR fighters. OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in eastern Ukraine reported that the city is badly ruined after the bloody battle.  

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