Russia lost over 35,000 troops so they could raise a Soviet flag over ruins – Zelenskyy

4 July, 03:35 PM
Russian soldiers in Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russian soldiers in Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Russia’s invasion force has already lost more than 35,000 soldiers in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late-night video address on July 3.

The head of state said that the whole world was confident of the victory of Ukraine – only the question of when it will come remains open.

“For everyone in the world and for all intelligent people in Russia itself, it’s clear that Ukraine will win,” Zelenskyy said.

“It's only a matter of time. It is unfortunately a question of the losses that we bear, primarily people. It is a question of modern weapons, which we must receive, and will certainly receive.”

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The president noted that on July 4 a conference on the restoration of Ukraine would be held in Switzerland. Zelenskyy said he had also had a recent meeting with the president of the International Olympic Committee, who is convening a special conference to raise funds to rebuild Ukraine.

“These and many other international initiatives simply wouldn’t exist if the world doubted our victory,” said Zelenskyy. “Therefore, we need to continue to work with focus, fight and beat the invaders until we take back our entire country. Ukraine will be free.”

The Russian military has suffered significant casualties since the start of a full-scale war against Ukraine. Since the beginning of the invasion, the invaders have lost about 35,900 soldiers.

The enemy suffered the greatest losses in the Bakhmut direction over July 2.

  •     Personnel – 35 870 (+120)
  •     Tanks – 1,582 (+5)
  •      Armored personnel vehicles – 3,737 (+1)
  •      Artillery systems – 800 (+4)
  •      Multiple launch rocket systems – 246 (+0)
  •      Air defense systems – 105 (+0)
  •      Warplanes – 217 (+0)
  •      Helicopters – 186 (+0)
  •      Unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs) – 653 (+8)
  •      Cruise missiles – 144 (+1)
  •      Warships/war boats – 15 (+0)
  •      Cars and fuel tank trucks – 2,614 (+4)
  •      Special vehicles – 61 (+0).

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