June 4, 2014
“In total, 181 people were killed and 293 injured in the Donetsk and
Luhansk regions,” Ukraine’s Acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky
said, adding that the death toll includes 59 Ukrainian servicemen.
In mid-April, Ukraine’s interim government launched a special
operation to crack down on federalists, but failed to gain control over
the self-proclaimed independent republics in the country’s east.
Billionaire Petro Poroshenko, who garnered 54.7 percent in the May 25
presidential vote, demanded that Ukrainian forces complete the special
operation in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk until his
inauguration on June 7.
Moscow has repeatedly condemned the new Kiev authorities for what it
called “a punitive operation” and stressed the need for de-escalation of
the Ukrainian crisis.