The Russian military admitted on Sunday that there were “killed and wounded” soldiers among its troops in Ukraine on the fourth day of its invasion, without saying how many had died there.
“Russian servicemen are showing courage and heroism while carrying out combat tasks within the framework of the special military operation,” Moscow army spokesman Igor Konashenkov told state television. State.
“Unfortunately, there are killed and wounded among our comrades.”
It was the first time Moscow had spoken of losing troops in Ukraine since President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion in the early hours of Thursday.
Konashenkov said the Russian military would return Ukrainian prisoners of war “who surrender” to their families.
The fighting in Ukraine has claimed the lives of dozens of civilians, forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and turned Russia into a global pariah.
Ukraine said it had agreed to send a delegation to meet Russian officials on the border with Belarus, which allowed the passage of Russian troops to attack Ukraine, insisting that it n There were no preconditions to the talks.