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Russian military publishes Ukrainian casualty numbers

Moscow claims Kiev has lost 23,367 combatants combined from the army, national guard and foreign mercenaries.

Ukraine has suffered the “irretrievable losses” of 23,367 troops since Russia launched its military offensive in February, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow stated on Saturday.

The casualty figures were revealed by Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov, who said that in the city of Mariupol alone Ukraine has lost more than 4,000 people, including “foreign mercenaries” and “Nazis” associated with the notorious Azov and Aidar regiments.

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Konashenkov said that Russia has obtained documents proving Ukraine’s losses, and would soon publish more detailed information from these files.

Ukraine claims to have lost between 2,500 and 3,000 soldiers across its entire territory. This was the figure Zelensky gave to CNN in an interview on Friday, while claiming that the Russian military had suffered as many as 20,000 casualties of its own. Moscow heavily disputes Zelensky’s claims. According to a casualty count published by the Russian government last month, Russia had lost just over 1,350 troops.

In a statement, the general accused Zelensky of hiding the true scale of Ukraine’s losses, saying the president “is afraid to tell the people of Ukraine” how many soldiers have been lost.

Konashenkov said that over the course of the day, Russian forces launched high-precision missile strikes on six Ukrainian military equipment sites and seven troop strongholds, while Russian air assets destroyed 67 troop and equipment sites.

Russian forces shot down a Ukrainian military transport aircraft near Odessa, Konashenkov added, stating that the plane was “delivering a large batch of weapons supplied to Ukraine by Western countries.” Russia had previously declared that such foreign arms shipments would be considered “legitimate targets” by its forces.

Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden authorized an $800 million package of heavy weapons for Ukraine, including artillery pieces and helicopters. According to a CNN report on Friday, the first flight of weapons from this package was due to arrive in Ukraine within a day.

Over the course of Friday night and into Saturday morning, Russia used high-precision strikes to destroy an armored-vehicle manufacturing plant in Kiev and a military repair depot in the city of Nikolaev in southern Ukraine, Konashenkov said earlier on Saturday. A total of 16 targets were hit overnight, including Ukrainian military units, weapons and ammunition depots, and radar facilities, he added.

Moscow warned earlier this week that it would step up such strikes, and would hit “decision-making centers” in Kiev in retaliation for Ukraine’s shelling of Russian territory. Kiev denies launching such attacks on Russian soil.

The intensification of Russia’s attacks also comes after the cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, sank after a fire broke out on board and spread to ammunition stores. Ukraine claims to have hit the vessel with an anti-ship missile.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

Source:RT News

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  1. Zelensky is Jewish, his backer Igor Kolomoisky is also Jewish, Kolomoisky is a direct descendant of Bolshevik Jews from the 1916 revolution.
    Putin hates Bolsheviks, Communists and Nazis so Kolomoisky and his fellow oligarchs decided there was no future for him and them with Putins Russia and they had already sucked Ukraine dry so where to next? Nato and America are the obvious choice, side with Nato, get Billions in foreign aid from the US, most of it goes to their private accounts in Switzerland, 10% goes to the BIG GUY.
    Zelensky then allows all Ukrainian Jews to leave Ukraine and then declares the remaining Ukrainians will fight to the last man. And he has a Nazi army? Maybe the Hunter Biden laptop will shine some light on this if it ever gets released, I am picking that all the holders of copies of the drive are busy negotiating what to leave in and what to leave out with the Biden Admin, what else could stop a drop?

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