NSDC chief responds to claims of 1,000 Ukrainian casualties every day in Donbas

18 June, 06:41 PM
Russian missile in Lisichansk, June 17 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Russian missile in Lisichansk, June 17 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov responded to a statement by the head of the Servant of the People faction in the parliament, David Arakhamia, who stated that up to a thousand Ukrainian servicemen die or are wounded in Donbas every day.

"I want to appeal once again to activists who say that we have 200, 300 or more people (die - ed.) at the front line every day,” Danilov said in an interview with Liga.

“Some even talked about 1,000... They are not in a position to receive such information... You need to back up your words. And when it comes to the dead, this cannot be done in any case. You can't fiddle with this. This is not skittles or a circus – this is people's lives."

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Ukrainian MP David Arakhamia said on June 16 that up to a thousand Ukrainian troops are killed or wounded in the Donbas every day.

According to Arakhamia, 200 to 500 Ukrainian servicemen die in Donbas every day, and the number of wounded is "much higher."

The head of the faction said that the number of wounded and dead has increased significantly over the past fortnight.

Commenting on the level of Ukraine's losses, U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it was difficult to estimate, but previous media reports of about 100 dead and up to 300 wounded daily were "based on (the Ukrainians’) estimates."

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