Battle of Ilovaisk, which lasted for 3 weeks and 5 days, ended with chilling results for Ukrainian Armed Forces: 366 killed, 249 wounded, 128 captured, 158 missing.
If we take into consideration power relationship between Ukrainian side and Russian-backed militants it looked like one Ukrainian soldier vs. 18 militants, one armored personnel carrier vs. 16, and one mortar vs. 16. This data was presented by Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoliy Matios, the investigation of all the events still continues.
Ilovaisk, an important city between the militants' strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, so it had a strategic importance for Ukrainian forces. The battle started on 7 August 2014, when Ukrainian forces attempted to capture Ilovaisk from Russian-backed militants. The intense clashed took place until August 18, when Ukrainian troops managed to enter the town. They became encircled by the militants, and carried up heavy attacks, which lasted until September 2. No reinforcements came to help Ukrainian soldiers. This medieval savagery resulted with enormous number of human casualties.