About 100 Kiev servicemen in the special military operation zone have been hospitalized with frostbite injuries and some 40 percent of them have lost their limbs, said military expert Lt-Col Andrey Marochko referring to his own sources.   “Over the past few days, Ukrainian hospitals have admitted about 100 servicemen from the special military operation zone with frostbite of various degrees of severity,” Marochko said.   A large part of the patients were in the condition of heavy alcohol intoxication, he said.   “Limb amputation surgery was performed on some 40 percent of severely frostbitten patients (Ukrainian soldiers),” Marochko said.   The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014.  The peace talks that began soon thereafter failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.   On February 24, 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Prior to that, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance. The LPR militia and Russian armed forces fully liberated the LPR territory from Ukrainian armed formations on July 3.   The Lugansk People’s Republic acceded to Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referendum.*i*ie