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Claims to have killed 40,000 Russians

Claims to have killed 40,000 Russians

On Wednesday morning, the Ukrainian authorities announced that, since the beginning of the war, 40,070 Russian soldiers had died. These numbers have not been confirmed by any other source. Earlier, the Russian authorities claimed that the casualty figures are much lower.

An American intelligence source told Reuters A few days ago, Russia might lose hundreds of soldiers every day. CIA Director William Burns estimated last week that the death toll of Russian soldiers was close to 15,000 and that another 45,000 were wounded.

missile: On the battlefield in the Donbass region of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Air Force reported the destruction of several Russian tanks using heat-seeking missiles. Video: Dagbladet TV / Kameraone
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Burns at the same time emphasized that the Ukrainians also suffered significant losses, without specifying this further.

On Wednesday, the Ukrainians further claimed to have destroyed, among other things, 1,738 Russian tanks, 222 combat aircraft, 3,971 armored vehicles and 190 helicopters.

The Russians have not released their casualty figures or long-time estimates of the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed, but on Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry published a Telegram overview in which they claimed to have destroyed 260 Ukrainian aircraft, 144 helicopters, 1,613 drones and 358 air defense systems and 4,162 tanks and other armored vehicles, 3,201 artillery vehicles, and 4,481 other military vehicles.

tough fights

Fighting continues in parts of Ukraine. In the Kherson region, Ukrainian forces last night attacked a strategically important bridge, according to Ukrainian and Russian media reports.

MINEFIELD: This maneuver shows that Russian forces are poorly trained and have little combat experience, says Finnish military expert Emil Kastelmi. Video: Reddit. Reporter: Håvard TL Knutsen.
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– Not yet confirmed: The Russian-controlled Antonevsky Bridge in Kherson was reportedly destroyed by the Ukrainian army. Kyiv Post.

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Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, also referred to the attack in a statement released Wednesday morning and wrote about the use of the US HIMARS missile system.

– strong hit

– Hemars was responsible for a powerful new blow against one of the two bridges over the Dnipro River, a bridge used by the invading army to transmit the great force. Let’s hope that the Antonevsky bridge will not be able to withstand the force of the missile attack, he wrote, according to the Guardian.

On Wednesday, the Russian news agency TASS quoted a local leader in Kherson, Kirill Strimosov, as saying that the bridge was damaged and completely closed to traffic.

The Ukrainian army, with the help of Western weapons, has slowly regained territory in the Kherson region in the south in recent weeks. The bridges over the Dnipro River are of strategic importance to the Russian forces, who need them to deliver supplies to the front.

Allegations that Russia shot down its helicopter

Attack: This helicopter is supposed to be a Ka-52

Attack: This helicopter is supposed to be a Ka-52 “Alligator”. Photo: Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters/NTP
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The Ukrainian Defense Forces claimed Wednesday night Norwegian time that a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter must have been shot down by Russian forces. This is what they write on Facebook.

These allegations have not been verified and the Russians have not commented on the alleged incident.

The attack is said to have taken place near the small town of Olhin in Kherson region at around 12 o’clock yesterday. Kherson is one of the regions where the fiercest battles are taking place right now.

According to the Ukrainian news agency Ukrainian look It is said that the helicopter mistook a Ukrainian and a Russian position, and accidentally attacked its troops. Then it was said that an anti-aircraft missile brought down the helicopter.

Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” is the best Russian attack helicopter, the cost of one of them is about 160 million Norwegian kroner.