Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said this in an interview with OBOZREVATEL.UA online portal.
"Since the beginning of the Russian aggression 3,332 soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been killed - 2,394 combat casualties and 938 non-combat casualties," he said.
The minister adds that the causes of non-combat losses are different - "starting from illnesses, road accidents, violations of safety rules ... suicide, unfortunately, this phenomenon also exists, as well as consumption of alcoholic beverages."
Poltorak also says that 74 soldiers of the Ukrainian army still remain in captivity. "Every time during the negotiations this issue is dealt with by the respective commissioners and the Security Service of Ukraine. We are doing our best to exchange our soldiers. Unfortunately, the leaders of the so-called DPR / LPR military units free not all servicemen," he said.
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