Russian troops killed in the fighting has now risen above 10,000, according to Ukraine’s National Defence Council.
According to Epoch Times, this is the latest claim by the council in the war that has entered its 10th day.
Besides the number of troop deaths climbing above 10,000 for the first time since Russia launched a multi-pronged invasion against its neighbour ten days ago, Ukraine’s defence council said Russian forces have lost 945 armoured patrol vehicles, 269 tanks, 105 artillery systems, 40 helicopters, and 39 airplanes.
Their claim is against the early figures put out by Russia’s Ministry of Defence, saying that 498 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine and 1,597 more sustained wounds.
In his first personal acknowledgement of military losses, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address to the nation on Thursday that families of the deceased would be entitled to a payment of around $50,000.
Putin also said that the invasion, which he described as a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine, was proceeding “strictly” according to schedule.
But censorship in Russian media, which has been ramped up during the war, casts doubt on the integrity of official tallies and statements.
Western officials and analysts, meanwhile, have suggested that the Russian invasion is behind schedule or appears to have stalled in parts of Ukraine while alluding to bad planning and low Russian troop morale.
On Friday, Retired Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News that he sees what he described as “almost two wars” taking place in Ukraine, one in the north and one in the south.