Ukraine raises number of Russian servicemen killed since start of war to nearly 40,000

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Ukrainian authorities have put the number of Russian military dead since the beginning of the invasion, unleashed on February 24 by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, at about 40,000, without Moscow having provided for now a concrete balance of casualties in the framework of the hostilities.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has indicated through its account on the social network Facebook that so far “about 39,970” Russian servicemen have been killed, including 170 during the last day, before adding that since the beginning of the invasion 1,737 tanks, 880 artillery systems and 258 self-propelled and armored multiple rocket launchers have been destroyed.

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Thus, he has stressed that 222 aircraft, 189 helicopters, 117 anti-aircraft defense systems, 2,835 vehicles and fuel tanks, 15 ships and 722 drones have also been destroyed, while 174 cruise missiles have been shot down.

“The Russian enemy suffered the heaviest losses over the past day in the direction of Bajmut,” he has said, while stressing that “the data is being updated.” “Beat the occupier. Let’s win together. Our strength is in the truth,” he stressed.

On the other hand, Ukrainian Army General Staff spokesman Oleksander Shtupun has denounced Russian attacks in the vicinity of Siversky and added that “in the direction of Slobozhansky, the enemy is conducting combat operations with the aim of keeping the lines occupied and preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops.”

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Shtupun has pointed out that Russian troops have perpetrated attacks on localities located in the vicinity of Kharkov, Sloviansk and Donetsk, where “the enemy concentrates its main efforts on trying to improve the tactical position and create conditions for an offensive against the cities of Siversk and Soledar.”

In another order of things, he has assured that “the (Russian) assault actions against the settlements of Berestove and Semihirya resulted in losses and the retreat of the enemy, but the enemy units are trying to advance in the direction of Pokrovske, where hostilities continue.”

“Our planes and helicopters continue to carry out bombing raids against concentrations of enemy military personnel and equipment in designated directions. The occupants continue to suffer significant losses in battles with Ukrainian soldiers,” Shtupun concluded.

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