KIEV, January 25 (Sputnik) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Kiev forces killed 600 pro-independence militiamen and destroyed eight Grad multiple rocket launchers in the last two days in the Donbas region.
“In the past two days, the total number of destroyed terrorists reached 600 people, yesterday eight Grad rocket launchers were destroyed [by the Ukrainian army],” Poroshenko said during the National Security and Defense Council meeting in Kiev.
On Saturday, Deputy Donetsk Militia Commander Eduard Basurin said over 780 Kiev troops were killed over the past eight days, with almost 50 people surrendering.
In December 2014, Poroshenko declared the so-called silence regime in the area of military operation in southeastern Ukraine. Despite this and the ceasefire deal signed earlier, the clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-independence forces have intensified over the past weeks, particularly in the area of the Donetsk airport.
Kiev launched a military operation against the Donbas pro-independence movement in April 2014. Since the beginning of the standoff, over 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed, according…
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