Almost 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valery Zaluzhny said at the Defenders.RollCall forum on Aug 22.
Zaluzhny added that it’s not only military personnel and people with weapons who participated in this war, but also “our little children, who are not to blame for anything, except that they were born right here and right at this time.”
“Their father went to the front and, perhaps, he is among those 9,000 heroes who died,” Zaluzhny says.
In early August, adviser to the head of the President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak reported that daily losses in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had decreased by three times compared to early June.
He said that now Ukraine was losing about 30-50 soldiers a day, while in early June these figures were 100-200 soldiers.
The heavy losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine came with the transition to the second stage of the war, when a large artillery positional war began. At that time, the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were constantly shelled by the enemy with shells of various calibers.