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Ukraine: '200 Ukrainian army soldiers dead and no prisoner swaps' - Zakharchenko00:59

Ukraine: '200 Ukrainian army soldiers dead and no prisoner swaps' - Zakharchenko

Ukraine, Donetsk
January 12, 2015 at 19:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of Ukrainian troops have either been killed or injured since Kiev broke the ceasefire in the conflict torn country, Prime Minister Aleksandr Zakharchenko of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR/DPR) announced Monday.

Zakharchenko issued a warning to Kiev, saying the DNR/DPR is well-placed to respond to any aggression. He also pointed out that Kiev has focused its shelling on smaller towns and cities such as Gorlovka, Dokuchayevsk and Elenovka, instead of launching a full-scale assault on the city of Donetsk.

A ceasefire set out in the Minsk agreements of September 5 has repeatedly been violated since it was signed. A new truce was agreed by commanders of both Kiev and anti-Kiev forces on December 5, but recent events point to an escalation in the conflict.

A UN report released on Monday now puts the death toll in eastern Ukraine at over 4,800 people, while over a million people have been either internally displaced or forced to flee the country. Foreign ministers are meeting in Berlin for a 'Normandy format' meeting regarding the conflict on Monday. A further meeting in the Kazakh capital of Astana between the Russian, German, Ukrainian and French leaders could take place on January 15.

Ukraine: '200 Ukrainian army soldiers dead and no prisoner swaps' - Zakharchenko00:59
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Hundreds of Ukrainian troops have either been killed or injured since Kiev broke the ceasefire in the conflict torn country, Prime Minister Aleksandr Zakharchenko of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR/DPR) announced Monday.

Zakharchenko issued a warning to Kiev, saying the DNR/DPR is well-placed to respond to any aggression. He also pointed out that Kiev has focused its shelling on smaller towns and cities such as Gorlovka, Dokuchayevsk and Elenovka, instead of launching a full-scale assault on the city of Donetsk.

A ceasefire set out in the Minsk agreements of September 5 has repeatedly been violated since it was signed. A new truce was agreed by commanders of both Kiev and anti-Kiev forces on December 5, but recent events point to an escalation in the conflict.

A UN report released on Monday now puts the death toll in eastern Ukraine at over 4,800 people, while over a million people have been either internally displaced or forced to flee the country. Foreign ministers are meeting in Berlin for a 'Normandy format' meeting regarding the conflict on Monday. A further meeting in the Kazakh capital of Astana between the Russian, German, Ukrainian and French leaders could take place on January 15.