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Ukraine: Bodies of Kiev troops litter abandoned Debaltsevo camp site *GRAPHIC*01:24

Ukraine: Bodies of Kiev troops litter abandoned Debaltsevo camp site *GRAPHIC*

Ukraine, Debaltsevo
February 19, 2015 at 20:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bodies of Ukrainian Army soldiers littered a campsite in north-west of Debaltsevo, Thursday, after Kiev troops began to flee the area earlier in the week after losing the territory to anti-government forces.

On insepcting the bodies, one anti-Kiev militaman stated that they had found a phone on one of the soldiers with a message reading: 'Poroshenko got rid of us. He is tricking us. There is no besiegement. We will be captured by Donetsk militia. Captivity is not a death.'

Over 6000 Ukrainian soldiers were reportedly being withdrawn from Debaltsevo following a statement from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko formally ordering the withdrawal from the territory. The site was previously a Ukrainian army stronghold deep within territory held by anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine. Thousands of Kiev troops were encircled by militia forces on Tuesday, resulting in a reported 300 soldiers being taken prisoner.

Ukraine: Bodies of Kiev troops litter abandoned Debaltsevo camp site *GRAPHIC*01:24
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Bodies of Ukrainian Army soldiers littered a campsite in north-west of Debaltsevo, Thursday, after Kiev troops began to flee the area earlier in the week after losing the territory to anti-government forces.

On insepcting the bodies, one anti-Kiev militaman stated that they had found a phone on one of the soldiers with a message reading: 'Poroshenko got rid of us. He is tricking us. There is no besiegement. We will be captured by Donetsk militia. Captivity is not a death.'

Over 6000 Ukrainian soldiers were reportedly being withdrawn from Debaltsevo following a statement from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko formally ordering the withdrawal from the territory. The site was previously a Ukrainian army stronghold deep within territory held by anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine. Thousands of Kiev troops were encircled by militia forces on Tuesday, resulting in a reported 300 soldiers being taken prisoner.

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