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Zelenskiy says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed since Russia invaded

Published 02/25/2024, 10:49 AM
Updated 02/25/2024, 05:23 PM
© Reuters. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits the Memory Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine on Day of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 6, 2023.  Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTE

KYIV (Reuters) -President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Sunday that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed since Russia's full-scale invasion two years ago, giving the first official figure for more than a year.

Zelenskiy told a news conference in Kyiv that he could not disclose the number of wounded because it would help Russian military planning.

"31,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in this war. Not 300,000, not 150,000 ... (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is lying there ... But nevertheless, this is a big loss for us."

Ukraine has not put a number to its military losses since the end of 2022, when presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed since the invasion on Feb. 24.

Battlefield casualties are a highly sensitive subject in a country trying to reform how it mobilises civilians into the army to regenerate its forces after last year's counteroffensive proved unable to break through Russian lines.

A New York Times report in August cited U.S. officials as putting the Ukrainian death toll at close to 70,000. The same report said as many as 120,000 Russian troops had died during the war.

Zelenskiy told reporters that 180,000 Russians had been killed in the fighting.

© Reuters. People visit graves of their relatives, killed Ukrainian defenders, on a day of the second anniversary of Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine February 24, 2024. REUTERS/Pavlo Palamarchuk

Russia does not disclose military losses, which it regards as secret. Both sides regularly describe the other's military losses as vast.

The Ukrainian leader also said that tens of thousands of civilians had been killed in the occupied areas of the country during the war. Kyiv says it cannot accurately assess the scale of such losses because it does not have access.

Latest comments

I will never trust anything from an actor! What does an actor good at?
They report that Zelinsky is abducting ordinary Ukrainians while on the way to work and forcing them into the army. And, corruption has been eliminated. I certainly define things differently.
They who?
We will never find out the truth from either side, but by logical thinking, the true numbers are much higher on both sides than the official reports
Sorry but the figure exceeds that by MORE than 10 times!! Please stick to the facts
31000? pure lying
31,000 Ukraine soldiers lost, 180,000 Russians lost? But yet Russia is gaining ground in Ukraine? Okay, Zelensky, whatever you say.
I know reading comprehension is difficult for you, but I told you where to find the information. whether you believe it or not, is your problem. was not my opinion
Reeaal slowwww nowww: Your information that Russia occupies 27% of Ukraine is correct. And — now don't lose me here, we are going to try to hold two thoughts in our head simultaneously — and, Russia has lost 50% of the land it initially grabbed in its invasion. How did we do? Do you understand both of those things to be true now? Good. Now go flk yor siztre, magabilliy.
@Mark: Real sloe now: Your information that Russia occupies 28% of Ukraine is correct. And -- noe don't lost me here, we are going to try to hold two thoughts in out head simultaneously -- and, Russian has lost 50% of the land it initially grabbed in its invasion. How did we do? Do you understand both of those things to be true? Good. Now go lick yer slistre.
try 10 times that amount, peace talks now.
maybe you should start negotiating before you lose the rest
BoJo did not let them not did Biden ans the NeoCons. Trump wanted to let Putin win so he could build his hotel in 2022 on the black sea nesr Sochi. A proxy war and greed in exchange for wasted lives -for what?
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