Throughout the war, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that everything was going as planned in Ukraine.
– All goals that have been set, resolved or successfully achieved, as he repeatedly said.
Now – six weeks into the war – the Kremlin admits for the first time that Russia suffered “significant losses” as a result of the invasion.
A huge tragedy
The Russian authorities, unlike the Ukrainian government, have very little information about Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.
Only twice has the Kremlin given numbers for the death toll: March 2, when they claimed the number was 498, and March 25, when they reported 1,351 dead. At the same time, NATO estimated that between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers may have died in the war.
But Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday commented on the situation again.
– We incurred heavy losses in troops. Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in an interview with Sky News Thursday evening.
Although Peskov did not mention the exact number of soldiers killed, this is the first time since the outbreak of the war that the Kremlin has admitted losses.
At the same time, the Kremlin spokesman emphasized that Russian losses will not affect the outcome of the war.
In an interview with Sky News, his first with Western media, he said he hoped the “Russian military operation” would reach its goals “in the next few days”.
Ukraine claims to have killed nearly 20,000 Russian soldiers, and in late March, authorities said it had begun Russian corpses pile up in the streets.
Russian corpses are a big problem. There are thousands of them, said the advisor to the country’s Interior Minister, Viktor Androsev CNN.
– The Russians will not take the bodies. I actually don’t know what to do with them in the coming weeks.
The government has already claimed that The Russians brought moving crematoriums to the front to hide the loss of their soldiersso that they do not return home in coffins, but are reported missing.
They (Russia, Diary.) will not show the bodies of their families. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said they did not want mothers to be told that their mothers were dying here.
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