A Ukrainian general was among the 12 Ukrainian servicemen killed while aboard an Mi-8 helicopter that Kremlin-backed insurgents shot down near Sloviansk shortly after noon on May 29.
The National Guard said six national guardsmen, including Major-General Serhiy Kulchytsky, 50, and six elite Interior Ministry servicemen were killed, while one guardsman survived but was in critical condition.
The deaths bring to at least 56 the number of Ukrainian soldiers or servicemen killed since the mid-April start of the government’s anti-terrorist operation against heavily armed Kremlin-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, home to 15 per cent of Ukraine’s 45 million people.
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(Photo: Ukraine defence ministry)