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Kyiv hosts rally in memory of Ukrainian soldiers fallen during Battle of Ilovaisk

Dozens of people brought white crosses with images of the deceased fighters to the Russian embassy
12:27, 29 August 2018

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Common citizens of Kyiv, public activists approached the building of the Russian embassy in the Ukrainian capital; they commemorate the Ukrainian military servicemen who lost their lives in the Battle of Ilovaisk in late August 2014. Witnesses post it at Facebook. 

Dozens of people reached the Russian embassy, carrying white crosses with images of the deceased fighters. They also brought Vladimir Putin-like scarecrow to the site and burned it down. 

August 29 is the day of memory for the Ukrainian military men who died fighting in Donbas conflict.

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.

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