Official says over 10,000 Ukrainian troops killed in war

KYIV (UKRAINE): A top adviser to the Ukrainian president cited military commanders as saying 10,000 to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the country’s nine-month struggle against the Russian invasion, a rare comment on such numbers and far below the estimate of Ukrainian casualties from Western leaders.
Russian forces continue to launch missile strikes on infrastructure and air strikes on Ukrainian military positions along the line of contact, Ukraine’s general staff said on Friday, adding that the attack Moscow’s military offensive has focused on dozens of towns including Bakhmut and Avdiivka – the main Russian targets in the east. .
At the end of Thursday, Mykhailo Podolyaka top adviser to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyyrelayed new figures on Ukrainian soldiers killed in battle, noting that the number of wounded soldiers was higher and the number of civilian casualties was “significant”.
“We have official figures from the general staff, we have official figures from the top command, and they amount to about 10,000 to 12,500-13,000 deaths,” Podolyak told Channel 24.
The Ukrainian military has not confirmed such numbers and this is a rare case of a Ukrainian official giving such a number. The last one started in late August, when the head of the armed forces said that nearly 9,000 service members had been killed. In June, Podolyak said that up to 200 soldiers were killed every day, in some of the bloodiest and fiercest fighting this year.
On Wednesday, Ursula von der Leyen, chair of the European Union’s Executive Committee, said 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed before her office corrected her comments – calling them inaccurate and saying the number included including the dead and the injured.
Last month, General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said up to 40,000 Ukrainian civilians and “more than 100,000” Russian troops have been killed or wounded in the fighting so far. He added that it was “the same thing that could happen to the Ukrainian side.”
The United Nations human rights office, in its latest weekly update released Monday, said it had recorded 6,655 civilians killed and 10,368 injured, but acknowledged that its tally only include casualties they have confirmed and are likely to be much lower than the actual number.
Ukrainians are bracing for frigid winter temperatures as Russia’s recent campaign hit infrastructure including power plants and power transformers, leaving many without heat, water and electricity.
Ukraine has faced an onslaught of artillery fire and Russian drone attacks since early October. Shelling has been particularly intense in the south. Kherson since Russian forces withdrew and Ukrainian troops recaptured the southern city nearly three weeks ago.
Local authorities said about two-thirds of Kherson had power on Thursday night, after new Russian strikes that cut power were recently restored.


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