100 Ukrainian military killed, over 500 wounded since ceasefire declared on Feb 15 – Groysman
Militants have been shelled anti-terrorist operation forces over 2,500 times since the declaration of the ceasefire regime on February 15, 2015, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman said.
"Since the declaration of the ceasefire, positions of Ukrainian military men have been fired over 2,500 times, as a result over 100 Ukrainian troops were killed and over 500 were wounded," he said delivering a speech at Natolin campus of College of Europe in Warsaw, the Verkhovna Rada website reported.
He said militants have not let the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to provide comprehensive verification of withdrawal of heavy military hardware continuing to use that weapon against Ukrainian troops.
Besides, militants have avoided exchange of hostages under an "all for all" principle, and Russia has continued torturing a number of Ukrainians arrested on political reasons.
Verkhovna Rada deputy and a member of the PACE Nadia Savchenko is among them, he noted.
"I make the following conclusion: no matter how transparent Ukraine's position, Minsk agreements and the Complex of measures dated February 12 are, Russia uses them only as another 'smokescreen' to continue subversive activity in Ukraine and the EU, to eliminate Ukraine's statehood, freedom and democracy, to prove worthlessness of common values and ideals of the European integration and modern system of international order," the parliamentary speaker stressed.
On April 29-30, Groysman is on an official visit to Poland.