232 volunteers died, another 799 injured since Donbas conflict started
15:41, 14 March 2018

232 volunteers died, another 799 injured since Donbas conflict started

The Volunteer Day is marked in Ukraine today, on March 14

15:41, 14 March 2018

Radio Liberty

232 volunteers have died since the beginning of Donbas conflict in Ukraine. This was reported by Ukraine’s internal Minister Arsen Avakov on his Facebook page.

Another 799 volunteers were injured, according to Avakov.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine marks the Volunteer Day, honouring the warriors who joined the Ukrainian military on will and defended the country in conditions of the ongoing Russian military aggression.

Related: National Bank issues commemorative coin to honor Ukrainian volunteers

The Parliament passed the respective document in January 2017; under the decree, the Volunteer Day is marked annually on March 14.

The volunteer battalions are military, police and paramilitary formations that were formed from volunteers in response to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine in spring and summer 2014. Most of the formations were formed by government agencies, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Internal Affairs; some of the units are independent.

Related: Volunteer who helped Ukrainian fighters burned alive on British Isles

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