Almost 7,000 civilians dead in conflict, says Ukraine president

Almost 7,000 civilians dead in conflict, says Ukraine president

Ukraine's president has said that 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.

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