Russia claims killing, wounding 3,700 Ukrainian troopers in failed counter-offensive

Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu made the declare in an unusually detailed assertion reporting on alleged losses by each side.

Ukraine has maintained deliberate ambiguity about whether or not its long-expected counter-offensive is underneath manner, and Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the battlefield claims.

“Previously three days, the Ukrainian regime launched a long-promised offensive in several sectors of the entrance,” Shoigu mentioned.

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“The makes an attempt at an offensive have been thwarted, the enemy was stopped,” he added. “The enemy didn’t obtain its targets however suffered important and incomparable losses.”

He mentioned Ukraine misplaced 3,715 males over three days, in addition to 52 tanks and 207 armored autos. Russia misplaced 71 troopers and 210 have been wounded over the identical interval within the battles. Russia misplaced 15 Russian tanks and 9 armored autos, he mentioned.

Russia mentioned on Monday that Ukraine had begun its long-awaited counter-offensive by attempting to pierce the Russian entrance within the south of the Donetsk area.

On Monday, Ukraine attacked at seven factors alongside the entrance however with important losses of over 1,600 males, Shoigu mentioned.

Ukraine dismissed the Russian statements as lies however gave no particulars on the assaults – or their final result.

Shoigu additionally accused Ukraine for destroying the Kakhovka dam within the south of the nation within the early hours of Tuesday, saying it was a tactic to supply cowl for Kyiv to redeploy items within the area for offensive operations.

“The Kyiv regime dedicated one other terrorist crime: the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric energy plant was blown up, which led to the flooding of serious territories,” Shoigu mentioned.

Ukraine and its Western allies say it was Russia that blew up the dam.

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