Remembering the fallen soldiers

PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

A Ukrainian woman laying flowers at a monument dedicated to soldiers who died during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan, in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday, as Ukrainians marked the 27th anniversary of the end of the Afghan war. Between Dec 25, 1979 and Feb 15, 1989, a total of 620,000 Soviet Union soldiers and other security personnel served in Afghanistan. The number of fatal casualties came to 14,453. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2016, with the headline 'Remembering the fallen soldiers'. Print Edition | Subscribe