Ukraine civilian toll nears 7,000

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Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Ukraine’s president says almost 7,000 civilians have died and a thousand more remain unaccounted for as a result of the unrest that has gripped his country over the past year.

Petro Poroshenko said 1,657 Ukrainian troops had died in fighting with Russian-backed separatists seeking the breakaway of two eastern regions.

Mr Poroshenko’s figures mark a major upward revision of earlier estimates.

An uneasy ceasefire has been in place since mid-February, but has been marred by regular violations.

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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