UN mission in Ukraine has no powers to assess situation in Crimea, diplomats noteWorld September 25, 21:11
Gentlefan continues: Manchester United fans to get raincoats ahead of encounter with CSKASport September 25, 20:30
US-led coalition denies charges of US units leading Syrian 'opposition' through IS linesWorld September 25, 18:49
Supplies of S-400 systems to Turkey may begin within two yearsMilitary & Defense September 25, 18:14
Ukraine involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan — Amnesty InternationalWorld September 25, 18:01
Russian general's death in Syria result of US double-dealing in war on terror — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 17:42
Russia's top diplomat says conditions in Syria ripe for defeating terroristsRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 17:07
Russian envoy notes US actions in Syria as Washington's true colors on anti-terror policyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 17:00
Economy minister believes new technologies will drive Russia’s economyBusiness & Economy September 25, 16:50
"They tell us three to five our troops are killed every day but it's a lie," co-chairwoman of Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers rights organization Oksana Stetsenko said, insisting that the the scope of losses in the country's war-torn Luhansk and Donetsk regions was grossly underestimated.
She claimed that the casualty figures only included servicemen and that the losses among police, borderguards, National Guards troops and volunteers were deliberately withheld, per secret orders by Andriy Parubiy, former chief of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military said it could not answer their inquiries until completion of the operation.
Stetsenko claimed that the losses in Sloviansk re-taken by the Ukrainian troops ran into hundreds. "Town streets were strewn with bodies of servicemen and volunteers, and when the separatists withdraw, the bodies were buried in a mass grave," she said adding that the army alleged the victims "were local residents killed by the separatists.
In intense heat, the bodies began to rapidly decompose, and there is no way of telling when the identification procedure might be launched.The number of phone calls from servicemen's relatives has increased ten-fold this month, she went on.
"Apparently, they increase in proportion to losses," Stetsenko said. "We estimate that 40 to 60 servicemen have been killed daily in the past few weeks."
The activist said police were heavily guarding four refrigerated railcars with the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen killed in the Luhansk region. "They tell us it's a secret cargo, but they in fact store our dead sons there," she said.
On July 17, Ukrainian authorities sent six refrigerated railcars to the Donetsk region to evacuate the bodies of victims. The present location of these railcars is unknown.
The planned September 1 march aims "to stop this outrage." "Let the authorities look into the eyes of those whose sons they have not saved and whom they deny compensations," the rights activist said.