Donetsk, Aug 10 - DAN. One hundred and twenty Ukrainian servicemen have committed suicide since the beginning of this year, Donetsk People’s Republic Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Friday.

“In the period from January 1 till June 30, 120 Ukrainian army servicemen took their lives; of those 73 percent were participants in the “anti-terrorist/joint forces operation,” Basurin said citing a special report to chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces Viktor Muzhenko which had been obtained by the DPR intelligence.

“Most of the suicides are aged 20 to 30. The Ukrainian army’s suicide rate has increased by 22.5 percent year on year, “ he said.*jk