October 21, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
RusVesna – translated by J. Arnoldski –
The non-combat casualties of the Ukrainian army in Donbass over the last week amount to 45 people, 15 of whom were killed. This information was unveiled today to DAN press center by the deputy commander of the Donetsk People Republic, Eduard Basurin.
“The greatest number of these instances were recorded between October 16th and 18th in the units of the 54th mechanized brigade and 56th motorized infantry brigade,” Basurin reported.
In particular, a frequent cause of death among Ukrainian soldiers is the careless use of weaponry on the contact line against their own comrades.
“For example, out of fear of an offensive by our units which the Ukrainian media actively fuels, frightened UAF soldiers began to indiscriminately shoot at neighboring units, mistaking them for the enemy,” Basurin explained.
The DPR’s intelligence regularly reports on the non-combat losses of the enemy, as Ukrainian media is often silent on this. The most common cause of death and injury is collision between UAF units and nationalist battalions involving the use of arms, hazing, inability to handle weapons, and command errors.