Ukraine has lost thousands of soldiers in a counter-offensive – Moscow

More than 4,000 pro-kyiv troops killed in southern and eastern Ukraine in five days, Russian Defense Ministry says

Ukrainian military casualties exceeded 12,000 during the five-day kyiv counteroffensive, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

More than 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 8,000 others injured between September 6 and 10 in the south and east of the country, ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday. during a daily briefing.

According to the official, Russian forces carried out “precision strikeswith missiles and artillery targeting pro-kyiv units in the Kharkov region, from where Russian troops withdrew earlier in what Moscow described as “redeployment.

Russia said its military had destroyed, among other things, numerous command posts and shot down a helicopter in the past few days.

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The Defense Ministry also accused Ukrainian troops of bombing the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant 26 times since September 1. The Russian-controlled facility in the Zaporozhye region of southern Ukraine was seized by Russian forces in early March, shortly after Moscow launched the military operation.

On Sunday, the plant’s last active reactor was shut down. According to a member of the region’s pro-Russian administration, the decision was made due to Ukraine’s continued shelling of the plant and damage to power lines. The ever-changing modes in which reactors and turbines were forced to operate, due to the attacks, created the risk of an accident, Vladimir Rogov told RIA-Novosti.

For months, kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of targeting the power plant and risking a nuclear catastrophe.

In its Sunday briefing, the Russian Defense Ministry also alleged that the Ukrainian military was deliberately hitting”energy infrastructure in liberated territories,” including in the Donetsk People’s Republic.


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