13,000 Russian soldiers where located near Illovaisk in Donetsk region in August 2014, where Ukrainian ATO forces suffered serious losses, informed Anatoliy Matios in an interview to “Channel 5”.
“Illovaisk strory was investigated, experts were drawn in. In the process of investigation we found out that three groups of task forces, containing over 13,000 soldiers entered the territory of Ukraine”, - stated Matios.
He mentioned that Il-76 was investigated, the case is sent to court and there is a public hearing on this case: “Only court can give an answer to the questions whether prosecution’s suspicions are based on reality, whether we can blame it on a particular military official of the General Staff.”
On August 18, 2014 Ukrainian troops occupied the biggest part of Illovaisk. But after Russian regular forces were dispatched on location on August 23-24, Ukrainian soldiers were surrounded. On August 29 Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed militants and called for creation of humanitarian corridor for withdrawal of Ukrainian troops. On August 30 ATO forces began to leave the city but militants fired at them. Ministry of Defense informed that 108 Ukrainian soldiers died in Illovaisk, hundreds were wounded and captured. According to verified data of military prosecution 366 Ukrainian soldiers died and 429 were wounded in Illovaisk trap.