Incident Summary:

02/18/2015: Assailants ambushed Ukrainian soldiers evacuating residents in Debaltseve city, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. At least 13 soldiers were killed, 157 were wounded, and 90 were abducted during the withdrawal; the outcome of the abduction is unknown. The Donetsk People's Republic claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Ukraine
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 90
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The Ukrainian government claimed that Russian troops were involved in the attack, in addition to members of the Donetsk People's Republic.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 157 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 157
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"At least 90 Ukrainian troops captured, 82 missing in Debaltseve: Kiev," Agence France Presse -- English, February 19, 2015."
"Leaders pledge to try to save Ukraine ceasefire," Agence France Presse -- English, February 19, 2015."
"Government soldiers killed, wounded in withdrawal: Ukraine," Xinhua General News Service, February 19, 2015."