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MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS/. Ukraine’s external dependence has led to the conflict in the Donbass region and death of many Ukrainian soldiers, spokesman for the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said on Monday.
"Today Ukraine celebrates Independence Day, which the Ukrainian people lost on February 22, 1914, with the assumption of power by the criminal regime, which on April 7 began the armed conflict in Donbas with the use of the armed forces against its own people, contrary to the Constitution," Donetsk News Agency quotes him as saying.
According to Basurin, during the 18 months of "Ukraine’s full dependence on the United States" the Ukrainian army has suffered thousands of casualties in the east of the country.
"Only heavy losses of the Ukrainian military during the battles with the militias could stop the bloodlust of the puppet Ukrainian government, only thousands of casualties among the personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces made it possible to bring the Ukrainian army commanders down to earth for some time and force the criminal Kiev regime to sit down at the negotiating table. The so-called period of peace began, which has been marred by serious violations of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian side," he said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during the celebrations to mark Ukraine’s Independence Day on Monday that more than 2,000 Ukrainian troops had been killed during the fighting in Donbas. He added that "210,000 people had joined the army during the six waves of mobilization, 35,000 of them volunteers, 7,320 combatants had been wounded."