According to a tweet from the Ukrainian foreign ministry on Friday, Russia has lost over 25000 troops since its invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. The assertion by the Ukrainian government comes as the war between the two neighbours enters its 72nd day.
Moscow has lost 24,900 troops, 1,110 tanks, and 199 aircraft in its war against Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian foreign ministry. 155 helicopters, 2,686 armoured personnel vehicles, and 502 artillery systems have also been lost by Russian forces.
In what they call a “military operation” in Ukraine, the Ukrainian government alleges that Russian soldiers have lost over 1,900 vehicles and fuel tanks.
For the 72nd day, however, fierce warfare continues in the battleground Ukraine. According to British military intelligence, Russian forces in Ukraine’s port of Mariupol continued their ground assault on the Azovstal steel factory for a second day. A significant ammunition storage in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk was destroyed, according to Russia’s defence ministry. It also claimed that its air defences shot down two Ukrainian warplanes, a Su-25 and a MiG-29, in the eastern Luhansk region. In a recent development, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Poland’s hostile rhetoric could be a “threat.
As Ukraine seeks to resist Russian forces pouring into the east, Poland has spearheaded calls for the EU to tighten sanctions and the Western NATO alliance to arm Ukraine. “Poland is pleased to be on Putin’s list of unfriendly countries,” Polish environment and climate minister Anna Moskwa said on Monday. (With contributions from Reuters)