Since the end of January 2015 fighting between Ukrainian forces defending the city and pro-Russian fighters continued around Debaltseve. Ukrainian troops were trapped in middle of February. On February 18, most units managed to fight their way through. The Ukrainian side lost between 156 to 206 soldiers. Many soldiers were wounded and taken as prisoners by pro-Russian militants.
Ukrainian soldiers who managed to withdraw from Debaltseve, February 18, 2015.