This is reported by the press office of the State Service of Ukraine for War Veterans and Anti-Terrorist Operation Participants in response to Ukrinform's request for information.
"April 2014 - June 2017, 303,446 people, who defended the independence and sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and took direct part in the anti-terrorist operation and ensured its conduct, were granted the combatant status. In particular, 8,295 people were granted combatant status in 2014, 156,060 people – in 2015, 110,082 people – in 2016, 29,009 people – in January-June 2017," reads the response.
According to the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, more than 208,500 service people and members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who participated in the anti-terrorist operation in Donbas have been granted the combatant status since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation.
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