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Ukraine releases the numbers: About 13,000 soldiers have lost their lives in the war

Ukraine releases the numbers: About 13,000 soldiers have lost their lives in the

Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the Russian invasion began in February, said Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president.

Russia has not given a concrete number of lives lost by its forces. Meanwhile, the UK Ministry of Defense estimates that around 25,000 Russians have died.

Both sides are suspected to have minimized their losses in order not to damage the morale of the troops and the people.

"We are open to talking about the death toll," Podolyak said, adding that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy would make official figures public "when the time is right."

Thursday's figure is the first official estimate of the dead since August, when the head of Ukraine's armed forces said about 9,000 military personnel had been killed.

Two months earlier Zelenskyy said "60 to 100 [Ukrainian] soldiers a day were killed in action," with around 500 wounded, as Russian forces pushed to capture the Luhansk region in the east.

Ukraine's position on the battlefield has now improved, with its armed forces achieving major successes and retaking the strategic southern city of Kherson in November.

In September, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the conflict began on February 24.

This is much lower than the estimates that have been presented by Western analysts. US Chief of Staff General Mark Milley said in November that Russian losses were probably equivalent to those on the Ukrainian side, putting the figure at 10,000 Russian soldiers killed or wounded.

Source: Euronews

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