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Russia claims Ukraine lost 23,000 soldiers, 10 times Zelenskyy’s estimate 

April 16, 2022


The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine.

During the day, 15 opponent objects were struck by high-speed air-based missiles. Among them:

In the areas of the settlements of Barvenkovo, Rubezhnoye, Popasnaya, Novozvanovka, Krasnoarmeysk, Selidovo, Novobakhmutovka, six places of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment and seven support points of Ukrainian troops were destroyed.

As a result of the strikes, more than 320 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and wounded, 23 units of armored equipment and seven vehicles of different purposes were destroyed.

67 districts of the concentration of personal composition and Ukrainian military equipment were destroyed by prompt-tactical aviation during the day.

317 military facilities were attacked by missiles, including 274 support points and areas of the enemy's vitality, 24 control points and two field fuel reserves of Ukrainian troops.

With Russian anti-aircraft defense means in the region of Odessa, a Ukrainian military transport aircraft, delivering a large batch of weapons delivered to Ukraine by western countries. Two Ukrainian unmanned aircraft were hit over the settlements of Lozovaya and Veselaya.

In total, since the beginning of a special military operation, 134 planes, 460 drone aircraft, 246 zenite missile complexes, 2269 tanks and other armored vehicles have been destroyed, 252 installations of fire-fire jet systems no, 987 weapons of field artillery and mortem, as well as 2158 units of special military automobile equipment.

The entire urban territory of Mariupol is completely cleared of militants of the Nazist group "Azov", foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian troops. The remains of the Ukrainian group are currently completely blocked on the territory of the metalurgical combustion "Azovstal". Their only chance to save their lives is to voluntarily lay down their weapons and surrender.

I would like to remind you that at the time of its surroundings in Mariupol on March 11 were: 36th separate marine brigade, 109th territorial defense brigade, 503rd separate marine battalion, rota 53rd separate mechanical brigade, subdivision I am the 17th anti-tank brigade, Nazist groups "Azov", "Aidar", "Right Sector", police and civil service units, as well as foreign employers.

The total number of this group was about 8100 people.

During the liberation of Mariupol, 1464 Ukrainian soldiers have already surrendered. The number of people who give up is increasing daily. Including those who fled the Azovstali territory.

According to their testimonies, the total number of Ukrainian soldiers, Nazis and foreign recruits hiding on "Azovstali" does not exceed 2.5 thousand people.

Thus, on April 16, only in Mariupol, the losses of the Ukrainian group amounted to more than 4000 people.

Therefore, Zelensky's recent statements to the western media that the irreversible losses of the Ukrainian military during the operation amounted to 2.5-3 thousand is a common lie for him.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has credible data on the true losses of the Ukrainian army, the National Guard and the arrival of foreign employers, which Zelensky is afraid to tell the people of Ukraine. As of today, there are 23 367 people irreversible losses.

We will soon publish separate data from Ukrainian documents about their losses, revealing the place of death and the place of burial of the dead.

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