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Soldiers with armbands reading "Ilovaisk 2014" stand with Ukrainian flags during a rally on Independence Square on Feb. 1. They demand investigation of Illovaisk tragedy.

Some 50 men and women rallied on Feb. 1 in Kyiv, demanding an investigation of the massacre of Ilovaisk, a huge defeat of Ukrainian troops in August-September 2014, which changed the course of the Russia's war against Ukraine. Ukraine lost officially nearly 400 soldiers killed, wounded and captured after the unsuccessful military operation in Ilovaisk, a city in Donetsk Oblast. The surrender prompted President Petro Poroshenko to sign an unfavorable peace agreement in Minsk, Belarus, in September 2014.

The protesters, including former soldiers who fought in Ilovaisk and their family members, gathered on Independence Square in Kyiv and then marched to the Presidential Administration. They demonstrated for an hour, demanding criminal charges against those responsible.

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