Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, posted a memorial video dedicated to the fourth anniversary of Ilovaisk tragedy and stated that thanks to the Ukrainian soldiers Ukraine stopped the invasion of one of the largest armies in the world and preserved its independence, as he wrote on Facebook.
“Every life of our defender ended by war leaves a scar on Ukraine’s heart, on the heart of our nation and on the heart of each one of us. Every extinguished life is a crime committed by the Russian aggressor for what it will definitely be punished. This war is our pain which we cannot forget. Thanks to them, Ukraine stopped the invasion of one of the largest armies in the world and preserved its independence,” Poroshenko said.
It should be noted that volunteer made the video dedicated to fallen in the battle under Ilovaisk.
Ilovaisk, currently held by the Russian militants, is located in Donetsk sector of the combat area in eastern Ukraine. In middle August 2014, it was under control of the Ukrainian troops. In late August, Ukrainian forces - the army, the volunteer battalions of the Interior Ministry, the National Guard and others - engaged the enemy, as pro-Kremlin mercenaries and the regular Russian troops went for a major attack to reclaim the city. Soon after the units of the regular Russian army arrived (August 23-24, 2014, - 112 International), Ukrainian troops ended up in a trap, surrounded by the enemy. On August 29, Russian leader Putin asked the militants to let Ukrainian soldiers out, leaving a corridor for them - on the condition that they leave disarmed. On August 30, the government troops began to move out, but the militants attacked them, killing and wounding many people.
The battle of Ilovaisk became one of the bloodiest fights and one of the bitterest losses of the Ukrainian military in the ongoing Donbas conflict.