The Commander of the Carpathian Sich Battalion, Oleh Kutsin, was killed at the front
19 June, 2022
Oleh Kutsin Photo: Oleh Tyahnybok / Telegram

Oleh Kutsin, Commander of the 49th separate rifle battalion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces "Carpathian Sich," was killed near Izium in Kharkiv Oblast, say Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv and the leader of Svoboda political party Oleh Tyahnybok.

Kutsin began his career as a member of the Revolution on Granite and the People's Movement of Ukraine political party. Since then, he has repeatedly run for the Verkhovna Rada, and since the 2007 elections, he has been included in the Svoboda party's party list, although he has not entered parliament.

Kutsin is also the founder and leader of the Legion of Freedom, which was founded in 2015. It is a combatant union of Svoboda members who participate in the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Ukraine's losses

Ukraine does not disclose information about casualties among its service members. On June 10, Oleksiy Arestovych, Adviser to the Head of the President's Office, said that Ukraine lost up to 10,000 Ukrainian service members since the start of the full-scale war on February 24. By that time, Russia had already lost about 32,000 of its service members.

On April 16, President Zelensky said that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian service members died since February 24. But later President also added that about 60-100 Ukrainian service members die on the battlefield every day, and another 500 are injured.