At least 2,154 soldiers killed in Russia’s war against Ukraine
Casualties mount in Russia’s war against Ukraine (through June 4)
A bloody battle in Donetsk Oblast’s Maryinka claimed the lives of at least four Ukrainian soldiers on June 3, and one more elsewhere on the front line. They are among the 27 soldiers killed since mid-May.
Ukraine’s army repelled the June 3 assault by Russia-separatist forces in a 12-hour battle involving artillery on both sides. The government still controls Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, west of the occupied stronghold of Donetsk.
Yuriy Biryukov, a military advisor to President Petro Poroshenko, said some 39 Ukrainian servicemen were wounded over the past 24 hours.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk blamed Moscow for the latest fighting. “Russia has once again violated the ‘ceasefire’ agreement... Its terrorists began a military operation.”
At least 6,417 people, including 626 women, have been killed and 15,962 wounded since mid-April when the Moscow-engineered invasion of Donbas began.