The Ukrainian civil war might have claimed the lives of close to fifty thousand troops and civilians - German Intelligence Agencies

Sunday, February 8, 2015

German intelligence agencies estimate that close to fifty thousand Ukrainian troops and civilians might have died in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of the war, ten times more than Kiev reported - wrote German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on Sunday.

German intelligence agencies believe that the official data of the casualties reported by Kiev underestimate the casualties and is not credible.

The German newspaper recalled that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated on Saturday at Munich Conference on Security that 1,200 soldiers and 5,400 civilians have died in eastern Ukraine so far. The latest UN report, however, referring to the Ukrainian defense ministry's data indicating that 5,358 people have died in the Donetsk Basin so far. According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, these are conservative estimates, the actual number of the dead is much higher than that.

The eastern Ukrainian armed conflict broke out in April last year. In September last year a ceasefire conference was held in Minsk where rebel forces and the Ukrainian government hammered out a truce but it didn't last. In recent days, heavy fighting broke out between government forces and rebels near Debalceve eastern Ukraine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande traveled Kiev and Moscow last week to resuscitate the Minsk agreement, but it is not yet know whether there will be tangible results of their efforts.

In her presentation at the Munich Conference on Security German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that the success of their negotiations in Kiev and Moscow is uncertain, but “I and Francois Hollande believe that it is worth trying a negotiated settlement of the crisis.”

Merkes emphasized that a sustainable European security order is inconceivable without Russia, just like the resolution of a number of other international conflicts require the active participation of Moscow. We want to develop a European security system together with Russia and not against Russia; the division of the continent is nobody's interest said Merkel.

(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)

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