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In the war that left 6 months behind, there was fear. Ukraine began the offensive that Zelensky pointed out. While the conflicts intensified in the southern regions, a flash claim came from Russia. Here are the last minute developments from the Ukraine war…
The war, which started on the morning of February 24 with the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, continues to take lives.
War was feared. Ukrainian troops herson began a counterattack in his direction.
Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he had ordered the Ukrainian army to attack to regain the occupied lands. The Ukrainian leader added that they would definitely take Kherson back in September.
The Ukrainian army announced that it broke the first line of defense of Russia in the occupied Kherson region.
THE WARNING HAS ARRIVED: IT IS DISASTER
The news of the offensive came hours after Ukraine warned that an offensive launched before it had more firepower would end with heavy casualties.
Franz-Stefan Gady of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies had announced that to make successful advances, Ukrainian forces would need half a dozen new mechanized and tank brigades of around 4,000 men each.
Launching an attack without them could result in unsustainable casualties and cause Ukraine to lose its most experienced soldier, reports The Telegraph.
ZELENSK ANNOUNCED THE ARMY’S TARGET
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to retake Crimea just hours after the offensive launched in the Kherson direction.
Recapturing Kherson will increase hope for other occupied cities as well. In addition, taking the city will also open the Crimean road pointed by Zelenski.
Ukrainian artillery opens fire on Russian positions in Donetsk… (Photo: AFP)
FIRST EXPLANATION FROM RUSSIA
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Ukrainian army’s attempts to attack in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions were unsuccessful, and that the Ukrainian army suffered heavy losses during these offensives.
The statement included the following:
‘During the conflict, 26 Ukrainian tanks, 23 infantry fighting vehicles, 9 other armored combat vehicles were destroyed. In addition, 2 Su-25 Attack aircraft were shot down. The enemy’s manpower losses amounted to more than 560 military personnel.”
UKRAINE ANNOUNCES ITS LOSSES FOR THE FIRST TIME
Valeriy Zaluzhny, the Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine, announced to the world the number of soldiers who died in the war, in a statement he made recently.
Zaluzhny announced that approximately 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the invasion of Russia.
Ukraine had previously announced that military casualties would remain a state secret until the end of the state of emergency.
RUSSIA DID NOT UPDATE SINCE MARCH 2
Russia, on the other hand, has been unwilling to disclose military losses for months. Moscow made its first and last official statement on the issue on March 2.
In the statement in question, Russia’s loss of troops in the war was announced as 498. This data has never been updated since then.
MORE THAN 300 OFFICERS KILLED
While the Russian government rarely provides updates on the number of deaths suffered by its armed forces, announcements by local governments and newspapers indicate that more than 300 officers have died in the fighting.