Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday, 17 June, said the loss of soldiers at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh during a clash with Chinese troops is "deeply disturbing and painful".
"The nation will never forget their bravery and sacrifice," he said in a tweet.
At least 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed in the "violent face-off" with China on Monday night.
In a statement late on Tuesday, the Indian Army said, "Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged at the Galwan area where they had earlier clashed on the night of 15-16 June. Seventeen Indian troops who were critically injured in the line of duty at the stand-off location and exposed to sub-zero temperatures in the high altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, taking the total that were killed in action to 20."
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