Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed and nearly 10,000 wounded in a seven-week war with Russia. In an interview with CNN on Friday, he said there were no reports of civilian casualties.
Zelensky claims that 19,000 to 20,000 Russian troops were killed in the war. But Moscow says 1,351 Russian troops have been killed and 3,725 wounded in Ukraine in the past month.
However, neither of these claims could be independently verified by either side.
Meanwhile, fighting has intensified in the southeastern port city of Mariupol. Ukraine says it is trying to break the Russian siege of the city. The city was home to about 400,000 people before the Russian invasion. After the war it turned into rubble. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and millions more are still trapped.
“The situation in Mariupol is difficult and tense,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianik told a briefing. The war is on right now. Russian forces have repeatedly called for additional units to enter the city. He claims that Russian forces have not yet completely captured the city.
Meanwhile, praising his armed forces, Zelensky said the military situation in southern and eastern Ukraine was “still difficult”. “The success of our military on the battlefield is truly significant, historically significant,” he said in an overnight video message. But they have not yet been able to remove enough occupants from our territory. Zelensky called on Western allies, including the United States, to provide more heavy weapons.