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More than 6,400 civilians died in conflict in southeastern Ukraine — Russian official

September 03, 2015, 14:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
More than 10,000 residential infrastructure facilities have been fully or partially destroyed and burnt, according to the Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee
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MOSCOW, September 3. /TASS/. More than 6,400 civilians have been killed and nearly 16,000 injured during the armed conflict in southeastern Ukraine, Chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin said on Thursday.

"As a result of criminal actions [of Ukraine’s military leaders] more than 6,400 civilians have died in southeastern Ukraine, and more than 15,900 people sustained injuries of varying severity," he said.

According to Bastrykin, more than 10,000 residential infrastructure facilities have been fully or partially destroyed and burnt - residential areas, office buildings, schools, pre-school and communal facilities have been destroyed. According to the information provided by Russia’s Federal Migration Service within the period since last April, more than 1 million Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions had to flee their homes, and more than 110,000 people having a refugee status have applied for the Russian citizenship.

"In accordance with the data from the Russian Federation’s subjects on the costs in connection with the accommodation of the Ukrainian refugees, Russia has sustained damage amounting to more than 4 billion rubles [nearly $60 million]," Bastrykin said.

Investigative Committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said that Alexander Bastrykin had held earlier on Thursday a meeting on countering violations of the rights of the civilian population of southeastern Ukraine. Taking part in the meeting were members of the Public Council at the Russian Investigative Committee, President of the Inter-regional public organization Prominent Military and Naval Commanders of our Homeland Alexander Sukharev, members of the public and media workers.

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