Ukraine civilian toll nears 7,000
Published 08/05/2015 | 12:09
Ukraine's president says almost 7,000 civilians have died and a thousand more remain unaccounted for as a result of the unrest that has gripped his country over the past year.
Petro Poroshenko said 1,657 Ukrainian troops had died in fighting with Russian-backed separatists seeking the breakaway of two eastern regions.
Mr Poroshenko's figures mark a major upward revision of earlier estimates.
An uneasy ceasefire has been in place since mid-February, but has been marred by regular violations.