This is the first time since the beginning of the conflict, on February 24, that the Ukrainian authorities have released the balance of their losses.
On March 2, the Russian military indicated that it had lost about 500 soldiers, a number that has not been updated since.
“We lost about 1,300 military personnel,” said Zelensky, speaking at a press conference with international journalists.
“About 1,300 of our soldiers were killed and Russia lost nearly 12,000,” the Ukrainian president said. “It’s a one-to-ten ratio, but that doesn’t make me happy,” he added.
Zelensky explained that he is not happy “because Russians also have fathers” and that most soldiers generally do not know anything. They went to Ukraine because they were told something about fighting fascism.
On March 8, after nearly two weeks of conflict, the Pentagon estimated between 2,000 and 4,000 dead on the Russian side.
On February 24, Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine that has already caused at least 564 deaths and more than 982 casualties among the civilian population and caused some 4.5 million people to flee, including 2.5 million to neighboring countries, according to the latest United Nations report. data.
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