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Russia says Ukrainian military casualties top 23,200

Treinamento militar em Kiev neste fim de semana

Military training in Kiev this weekend| Photo: EFE/ Miguel Gutiérrez

)Russia estimates that 04.214 members of the Ukrainian force have died since the beginning of the invasion of the country, in 24 of February. The balance was made on Saturday (16) by the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov in a press conference. He specified that the number includes soldiers from the Ukrainian Army and National Guard, as well as foreign mercenaries.

Konashenkov dismissed the data released by Kiev, saying the deaths of Ukrainian soldiers are between 2,500 and 3,000. According to him, the Russian Defense Ministry plans to soon publish excerpts from documents from the Ukrainian side about its military casualties.

“For this 16 of April, in Mariupol alone, the losses of the Ukrainian group amount to more than 4 thousand soldiers”, he added.

According to him, Ukrainian forces were expelled from the entire urban territory of Mariupol, a strategic port city on the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov. “The remains of the Ukrainian group are completely surrounded on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical company. The only chance to save their lives is to lay down their arms and surrender”, he stressed.

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