Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says his country’s seven-week war with Russia has killed more than 3,000 troops and wounded about 10,000.
He told CNN on Friday that there was no record of how many civilians were killed during that time.
Zelensky claims that 19,000 to 20,000 Russian troops have been killed in the eight-week war.
Last month, Moscow reported that 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed and 3,725 wounded in the war in Ukraine.
The news agency Reuters reported that they could not independently verify any of the numbers reported by the two sides.
Ukraine says it is trying to break Russia’s blockade of Mariupol. In this situation, the fighting has intensified in the southeastern port city of the country.
Mariupol had a population of 400,000 before the Russian invasion, but the city is now in ruins. Thousands of civilians were killed and hundreds of thousands of people were trapped in the besieged city.
“The situation in Mariupol is extremely complex and difficult,” said Alexander Motuzenik, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. The fight is still going on at the moment. The Russian military continues to deploy additional units to fight the insurgency in the city. “
He said Russia had failed to take full control of the city.
Russia has attacked a factory on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, after the sinking of Russia’s main warship Moscow in the Black Sea fleet on Thursday. Moscow said the factory was used to make and repair anti-ship missiles.
Ukraine claims that its anti-ship missile Neptune sank Moscow after it was severely damaged.
Moscow said the ship was severely damaged by an explosion of ammunition, which sank in rough seas as it was being towed to port. However, more than 500 sailors aboard the ship were evacuated, they said.
The United States has said two Ukrainian missiles hit Moscow and caused casualties. However, the number of casualties is not clear, a senior US official said.
However, Reuters reported that it was not possible to independently verify the statements of any of them............................