Some 366 Ukrainian servicemen were killed during fierce fighting for the strategically vital town of Ilovaisk in August last year, writes Ukraine Today.
The Battle of Ilovaisk started on August 7th, 2014, when the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pro-Ukrainian paramilitaries began a series of attempts to capture the city of Ilovaisk from pro-Russian insurgents affiliated with the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Government forces were able to enter the city on August 18th, but they quickly became encircled by the insurgents, writes Wikipedia.
The ratio of the ATO forces to militants and Russian army near Ilovaisk in late August, 2014, was 1 to 18, according to Ukraine’s top military prosecutor.
The enemy had 11 times more tanks, 16 times more APCs, 15 times more artillery pieces and 16 times more mortars, Anatoliy Matios, chief military prosecutor, said at a briefing on Friday in Kyiv, states Ukraine Today.
In other news, there may be a concerted effort in Ukraine to kill judges.
In 2011, a Ukrainian district court judge was killed in Kyiv, according to RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service. Police found Serhiy Zubkov dead with two gunshot and three stab wounds late on March 21, 2011.
In 2012, The decapitated bodies of a judge and his family were found at their home in the city of Kharkov. The bodies were identified as Vladimir Trofimov, 58, who had served as a city district judge for over 30 years, the judges’ wife, 59, their son, who was in his 30s, and his 29-year-old girlfriend.
In February of 2014, a judge named Oleksandr Lobodenko who sentenced several antigovernment protesters to house arrest died of gunshot wounds to the back.
Reuters states that justice in the country “often isn’t blind,” and there are stories about “political lynchings” by judges of people not guilty of crimes. Retribution may be a motive.