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 Military Prosecutor Matios explains alteration of Ilovaisk casualties data: "After checking hospitals and health centers we revealed that losses were smaller"

The military prosecutor's office explained why the toll in battles near Ilovaisk decreased from April to August 2015. There were cases when soldiers listed as killed or missing were found in military or civic hospitals. The declared official number of 459 Ukrainian soldiers killed near Ilovaisk was reduced to 366 as a result.

This was announced by Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios when answering the question by LIGA reporter at a briefing today, Censor.NET informs.

"The list of those killed between Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 (2014 - Ed.) was made in order to identify those who were killed precisely during the Ilovaisk operation. The Minsk agreements came into force at that time," he said. After that, the data on soldiers listed dead, injured or missing was checked almost all over the country.

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The checks revealed cases when the soldiers listed dead or missing without IDs were found in military or civic hospitals. "We have carefully checked all the hospitals, medical facilities, health centers, and it became clear that losses were smaller," Matios said.

According to contradictory information reported at different times, the number of soldiers killed near Ilovaisk amounted to 360, 459, and 366.

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