One of the most recent official Russian estimates of combat casualties points to nearly 6,000 soldiers who died during the first six months of the conflict.
Vladimir Putin this Friday received a delegation of mothers of Russian soldiers who died during the war in Ukraine, to whom he conveyed the government’s condolences for their loss. One of the most recent official Russian estimates of combat casualties, provided in September by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, points to nearly 6,000 soldiers killed during the first six months of the conflict, which began in February.
However, the Ukrainian Armed Forces assured that about 85,000 Russian soldiers died in the battle, while the United States spoke of “more than 100,000 casualties”, between dead and wounded, before adding that the numbers among Ukrainian ranks are “probably similar “. “There are not enough words for those who have lost their children, but I want them to know that I, as well as the government of this country, share this pain,” the Russian president said.
“Nothing can replace a child, the loss of a child, especially a mother, to whom we owe our sustenance and food,” added the president, who described the participants in the invasion of Ukraine as “heroes” , collects the Russian agency TAS. “No one except them and their closest commanders, who are at their side, know how hard this work is and the danger it poses to their lives,” he added.
Putin took the opportunity to emphasize that if Russia had annexed Lugansk and Donetsk in 2014, “lives would have been saved”. “Now it is clear that the entry of these two regions should have happened earlier, but there was hope that the conflict in Donbas would end,” he said.
Source: La Verdad
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