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Kiev official: Military op death toll is 478 civilians, outnumbers army losses

Published time: July 10, 2014 12:44
Edited time: July 10, 2014 16:11
RIA Novosti / Valeriy Melnikov

RIA Novosti / Valeriy Melnikov

Four hundred and seventy-eight civilians, including seven children, have been killed in Kiev’s military crackdown on the eastern regions of Ukraine, the country’s deputy health minister said on Thursday.

"The amount on civilian casualties is, unfortunately, greater than the military ones,” Vasily Lazoryshynets, deputy health minister, said as cited by ITAR-TASS.

“In the area of the operation in eastern Ukraine, 478 civilians have died, including 30 women and seven children,” he said.

According to Lazoryshynets , a further 1,392 people were injured in the fighting, with 104 women and 14 children among them.

“Two hundred and seventy-nine currently remain in hospital,” he added.

Earlier in July, Ukraine’s National Security Council said that 200 soldiers and law enforcement officers had been killed and over 600 injured during the so-called “anti-terrorist operation.”

Ukrainian troops are seen near Slavyansk July 8, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

Later on Thursday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Health reduced the figure on the civilian death toll given by Lazoryshynets.

According to its statement, the deputy minister “only provided the latest statistics on the overall mortality level in the areas [where the operation is taking place].”

However, the ministry failed to release any other data on the amount of civilian casualties in Ukraine’s south-east.

The crackdown on the south-east started in mid-April, after people in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognize the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev and demanded federalization.

The Ukrainian military and National Guard resorted to airstrikes and shelling in their struggle against the self-defense forces in Donetsk and Lugansk.

The operation stalled for some time, but then Kiev achieved major military gains last week by taking control of important militia strongholds – the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk.

Government forces are now preparing to storm the regional capitals of Donetsk and Lugansk, with an adviser to Interior Minister Stanislav Rechinsky promising that the military operation would be successfully completed in a month.

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Disregard of civilians by Kiev troops saw the number of Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Russia reaching 110,000 people, while 54,400 others were displaced within Ukraine, according to stats from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Refugees from Ukraine in a camp in the Rostov region (RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikov)

A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says over 4.5 million civilians remain in the war zone in Ukraine.

Russia, which announced a state of emergency in six of its regions due to the arrival of Ukrainian refugees, has urged Kiev to take the UN’s concerns into account.

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Moscow has demanded the Ukrainian authorities “take immediate steps to de-escalate the violence, ensure the early beginning of ceasefire negotiations and improve the humanitarian situation,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Comments (226)


Jack Hamilton 21.07.2014 20:32

As always, the bought and paid for US Government/ Zionist media immediately draw conclusions about the tragedy before evidence is available. Reminds me how the USG suspected bin laden within hours of 9-11 even though there was no evidence! Putin’s now the “go-to” Bogey man” as the fraudulent “war on terror” is being seen for what it is world-wide; a sham! The crash of the Malaysian airline is just too coincidental.


Jack Hamilton 21.07.2014 20:32

Malaysian officials are, no doubt, likely lining their pockets to allow the death of so many civilians and loss of aircraft…again and this occurs the day after the US had issued meaningless new sanctions against Russia and as Israel, another terror state, commits genocide against innocent Palestinians. The US supports democide by its so-called allies and commits war crimes at will yet, condemns those nations not submitting to US ultimatums without cause or evidence!


Corporal Hicks 14.07.2014 16:34

If you compare the two conflicts and the actions and policies of their respective leaders. I personally am amazed at the guile and consideration Putin has shown in foreign policy. Netenyahu on the other hand comes across as a hateful, spiteful, racist, war criminal, which unfortunately the UK seems to accept and with no condemnation encourage. I hope Putin steps up his game a bit now and helps out those poor folk in Eastern Ukraine. Massive respect to your reporters in the field there, wow, they are a brave bunch.

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