Almost 2,900 Ukrainian soldiers deceased in Donbas since April 2014, when the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine began. President Petro Poroshenko said this during his visit in Lviv region, western Ukraine.
'The country marked a national holiday (October 14, the day of defender of Ukraine, - 112 International); the celebrations took place not just in Kyiv where enthusiasts and volunteers opened a new memorial complex - thanks to the assistance of Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff. The complex pays tribute to the 2,896 heroes who gave their lives for Ukraine, stopping Russian aggressor,' Poroshenko said.
27 of the deceased soldiers served in the SBU, the state security service.
Anatoliy Matios, the Chief Military prosecutor, added that almost 900 fighters either suicided or were killed while off duty.