During the anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine ten thousand people were killed. This was reported during the presentation of State Awards on the occasion of the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on air of 112 Ukraine channel, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced.
"The total number of victims is shocking. It reached ten thousand. Russia deprived of life not only more than two and a half thousand officers of the Armed Forces and other security forces who defend our country and do it very professionally, but also seven and a half thousand of Ukrainian civilians," he said.
Poroshenko emphasized that the entire blame for the dead and wounded Ukrainians is on Russia. "This mortal sin is on the souls of the highest military and political authorities of Russia, who seek to restore the empire and neglect the lives and destinies of people," he said.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Armed Forces today, on December 6. The leaders of the state have already congratulated military personnel on their professional holiday.