Zelensky says 31,000 Ukrainian troops killed since Russia invasion | EUROtoday

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KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Sunday that 31,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed since Russia invaded two years in the past, marking the primary time he has supplied an official estimate of Ukraine’s army losses in the course of the battle.

Zelensky gave the determine at a information convention in Kyiv to mark the second anniversary of the battle.

“I don’t know if I have a right to tell you the numbers of our losses. Every single person is a tragedy,” he stated, including, “31,000 [members] of Ukraine’s military were killed during this war.”

The final time Ukraine publicly disclosed the variety of troops misplaced was in December 2022, when an adviser to Zelensky stated that as much as 13,000 troops had been killed. Kyiv retains casualty figures intently guarded in order to not dampen public morale. But the numbers had been believed to have climbed considerably as Ukraine fought to push again Russian forces and several other battles settled into grinding stalemates.

Zelensky additionally stated that Russia had suffered 500,000 casualties, together with 180,000 troops killed in motion, however neither determine might be independently verified.

Last 12 months, a leaked Pentagon doc labeled high secret and dated Feb. 21, 2023, included an evaluation of army casualties. It stated U.S. officers believed that between 15,500 and 17,000 Ukrainian troopers had been killed, with a further 106,500 to 110,500 wounded.

The similar evaluation stated that between 35,000 and 42,500 Russian troopers had been killed and 150,500 to 177,000 had been wounded. Those figures had been in step with latest assessments by Western officers, who’ve stated that greater than 200,000 Russian troopers most likely have been killed or wounded.