Reznikov apologizes for comparing Ukraine’s war losses to Turkish earthquake death toll
Oleksii Reznikov (Photo:Ritzau Scanpix/Bo Amstrup via REUTERS)
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has apologized for comparing Ukraine’s war losses with the death toll from February’s earthquake in Türkiye.
“I sincerely apologize to anyone in Ukraine or Türkiye who was offended by my comments in an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Razon,” he wrote on Twitter on April 17.
“Ukrainians sympathize with the Turkish people. We understand what it’s like to bury thousands of innocent people — friends and neighbors.”
Reznikov said in an interview with La Razon on April 16 that Ukraine’s military losses are far lower than the Russian ones.
“Of course, we have losses as we are at war,” he said.
“But they are crucially lower than the Russian ones. I can’t give you a figure, but I can assure you that the total number is less than the death toll from the [February] earthquake in Turkey.”
Over 50,000 people in Türkiye and Syria are believed to have died because of the earthquake.
Russia is believed to have lost 182,600 soldiers as of April 17 in its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Ukraine’s General Staff reported.
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