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The statement comes during continued clashes between Ukrainian and Moscow’s proxy forces in the industrial eastern Donbas oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed and nine wounded on Nov. 16 according to Security Council spokesperson Col. Andriy Lysenko, while the Donetsk City Council said that one civilian was killed and eight injured in Donetsk over the weekend.  

Poroshenko’s statement appears intended to reassure the public during a period of uncertainty rather than to reflect the current state of preparedness of the Ukrainian military.

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