Viktor Kuropiatnyk, former marine was among the paratroopers of the 79th brigade from Mykolaiv who were killed in Donbas. The press office of the 36th separate marine brigade reported this on Facebook.
‘On December 13, Master Sergeant Viktor Kuropiatnyk, serviceman from the 79th separate assault airborne brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was killed from the bullet of Russian militant-sniper in the Joint Forces Operation zone. Before servicing in the assault airborne brigade, Viktor served as a mobilization unit in the Marine Corps,’ reads the message.
Earlier, Head of Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Oleksii Savchenko reported on the death of two paratroopers from the 79th brigade died from sustained injuries.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed that more than 2,900 Ukrainian soldiers died in Donbas from the beginning of the hostilities.
Besides, the UN reported that approximately 3,000 civilians died in eastern Ukraine from the beginning of combat actions, including those 298 people died as a result of the crash of MH17 in 2014.
Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, when it crashed in the militant-held area of Donetsk region in July 2014. The aircraft carried 298 people; no one survived. Experts found out that the passenger plane was shot down by a missile, fired from Buk, the Russia-made anti-aircraft missile launcher. The weapon was brought to Donbas by pro-Kremlin militants. Moscow has been denying any ties to the disaster.