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    Ukraine's Direct Losses From Donbass Conflict Estimated at $50 Bln - MoD

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    Ukraine's direct losses from the three-year Donbass conflict are estimated at around $50 billion, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukraine's direct losses from the three-year conflict in its southeast are estimated at around $50 billion, the Ukrainian first deputy defense minister said Tuesday.

    "According to preliminary data, the total amount of Ukraine's direct losses is about $50," Ivan Rusnak said at a seminar on Black Sea regional security.

    Moreover, more than 2,700 Ukrainian servicemen have died and over 10,000 were wounded in the country's three-year conflict, Ukraine's first deputy defense minister said Tuesday.

    "More than 2,700 military personnel were killed and more than 10,000 were wounded," Ivan Rusnak said at a seminar on Black Sea regional security.

    Eastern Ukraine has been in a state of turmoil since April 2014, when the government in Kiev launched a military operation against militias in Donbass. The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France established a ceasefire agreement in February 2015 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, later signed by Kiev and the Donbas militias. Despite the peace accords, ceasefire violations remain ongoing.


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