Over 200 Kiev forces killed or wounded over past days — Donetsk leader
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces are suffering great losses. Over the past days, more than 200 people were killed and wounded," Zakharchenko was quoted by the Donetsk News Agency as saying.
In the past two days, armed clashes intensified near the town of Avdeyevka and the settlement of Yasinovataya close to the line separating the areas controlled by the Kiev government and the self-proclaimed republics of eastern Ukraine. The Kiev government blamed the eastern Ukrainian militia for the escalation of the conflict.
However, according to the military authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, the Ukrainian servicemen launched their offense as early as Sunday evening, but had to withdraw to their initial positions due to fierce resistance.