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Over 400 paratroopers died since Donbas conflict start
17:36, 2 August 2017
Over 400 paratroopers died since Donbas conflict start

With the beginning of Russian aggression in Ukraine, paratroopers proved to be most battle-ready components of country’s Armed Forces

17:36, 2 August 2017

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467 paratroopers died since the beginning of the Anti-Terrorist Operation area in Donbas. This was announced by Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Army, General Viktor Muzhenko during the celebration of Paratroopers’ Day in Dnipro region, reports Defense Ministry press service.

“The paratroopers gave their lives for the freedom and independence of Ukraine that’s why their heroism will forever be in the hearts of all Ukrainians as a symbol of resilience and loyalty to military oath,” he said.

Congratulating the 25th Separate Dnipro Paratroop Brigade present on the parade, and personnel of all the units of Airborne Troops of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Victor Muzhenko noted the high morale and high professionalism of paratroopers.

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"With the beginning of the Russian aggression, the Highly Mobile Airborne Forces proved to be one of the most combat-capable components of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the Commander-in-Chief said.

As it was reported earlier on August 2, Ukrainian paratroopers celebrate their professional holiday, the Day of Highly Mobile Airborne Forces, otherwise the Paratrooper's Day. In the country, it is marked annually since 1999, under the respective presidential decree.

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