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"As regards to the flu situation in the country... As of today, unfortunately, we have had 51 fatalities, mainly because people in the high-risk group didn't seek medical aid quickly enough", Kvitashvili said.
The highest death toll is reported in the Donetsk region.
Published 22 January 2016. A flu epidemic is sweeping through the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk -- and the conflict smoldering nearby is making the situation even worse. Doctors are unable to identify the exact strain of the virus, because the laboratory they need is across the front lines in separatist-controlled Donetsk. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
If Donbass refuses to allow Ukraine access to the laboratory, it is they who are guilty of biological warfare.
According to earlier circulated official data of the Healthcare Ministry, a flu epidemic killed 72 people in Ukraine between the end of autumn and January 22. Twenty-two people died of pneumonia with suspected viral etiology in the troubled eastern Donetsk region, and 26 deaths from diseases secondary to influenza were confirmed in the Odessa region.
Swine flu has been raging in Ukraine since December, after hitting the country in the winter season of 2009-2010. A total of 6.355 million people were infected with flu or acute respiratory diseases in the country, and 1,127 people died then.