Ukrainian servicemen walks in the yard of a destroyed building in the Pisky village near Donetsk on Oct. 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV
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Ukraine said Wednesday it no longer had conscripted soldiers fighting pro-Russian insurgents for the first time since a conflict that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives began in April 2014 .The military also includes volunteer soldiers who have joined various brigades and contracted soldiers who answer to Ukraine's interior and defense ministries.Chief of Staff General Viktor Muzhenko said 90,000 professional soldiers have enlisted in Ukraine's armed forces since one of Europe's bloodiest conflicts since the Balkans Wars of the 1990s erupted 30 months ago.Muzhenko did not say how many professional and volunteer soldiers were currently based in the country's east.
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