Since then more than 10,000 Ukrainian fighters have been killed. Russia The government of the country said yesterday, started its aggressive campaign.
The grim milestone was announced by the President’s adviser, Oleksey Erestovich, who said that the daily losses since February averaged 100 soldiers.
Kyiv Claims Russia has lost three times more troops since Vladimir Putin began its offensive on 24 February, although British intelligence put the figure at 15,000 – the same number as the Soviets killed during the war’s decade. Afghanistan,
The Kremlin has not given a casualty figure since March.
Damaged remains of cars lie on the side of the road during heavy fighting on the front lines in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
A Ukrainian soldier leans on a position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodnetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 8, 2022
A Ukrainian soldier stands in a position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodnetsk
Meanwhile, Ukraine pledged to “help as much as possible” with efforts to release two British men who fought alongside their armed forces and were sentenced to death by a Russian proxy court last week. .
Sean Pinner, 48, a British Army veteran and Aiden Aslin, a former care worker from Nottinghamshire, were killed by firing squad in rebel-held Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. A third captured Briton, Andrew Hill, awaits trial.
Mr Pinner’s family said yesterday they were ‘devastated’ at the result of an ‘illegal performance test’, and said he should be treated as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Conventions. “We sincerely hope that all parties will cooperate immediately to ensure the safe release or exchange of Sean,” he said.
‘Our family, which includes his son and wife from Ukraine, loves and misses him deeply and our condolences to all the families involved in this terrible situation.’
Mr Aslin’s fiancée Diana Okovita, who is being supported by her local Conservative MP, Robert Jenrick, said she wished she had known she had ‘not been released and will never be released’.
Russia claims the pair are mercenaries, despite the fact that the two have been living in Ukraine since 2018 and have Ukrainian partners.
He served with Ukraine’s 36th Marine Brigade and was taken prisoner in Mariupol in April.
The bodies of civilians killed during shelling are pictured at a mass grave on the outskirts of Lisichansk in the eastern Ukraine region of Donbass on June 9, 2022, as Russian forces focus on their weeks of shelling on Severodnetsk and its sister city of Lisichansk. focuses. focusing. River
A member of Ukrainian troops stands on an armored vehicle as they move towards the front line in the city of Lisichansk in the eastern Ukraine region of Donbass, June 9, 2022
Black smoke and dirt rise from the city center of Severodnetsk amid ongoing fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops in the eastern Ukraine region of Donbass, June 9, 2022
Their families hope they will be freed in a prisoner exchange with Russia and Kyiv is understood to have told the UK that they would be given ‘priority’ in any such deal.
But Alexander Rodnansky, adviser to the president, said: ‘The price will be too high, which will mean that we will have to exchange a lot of prisoners, Russian prisoners, for these two men.’
Fighting continued yesterday in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine and “street-to-street fighting” in the city of Severodnetsk. The supply of shells is being snatched from both the countries allegedly due to ‘artillery war’ in the region.