Nearly 7,000 civilians have lost their lives in the year-long war in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian forces, Ukraine’s president says.
More than 1,000 people also remained unaccounted for and 1,657 Ukrainian troops died in combat, added Petro Poroshenko in an address before the parliament on Friday.
President Poroshenko’s figures mark a sharp upward revision compared to the latest estimate provided by the United Nation, which had suggested a tally of about 6,100 dead people.
The peace deal remained the only solution in place for bringing back stability to eastern Ukraine, Poroshenko noted.
“This has enabled some degree of de-escalation in the conflict,” he added. “Every day in which nobody dies is like a feast day for me.”
In the latest development, however, Ukrainian military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko said on Friday that two servicemen had been killed and 26 others injured on Thursday.