Russia has acknowledged that it has suffered “significant troop casualties” since the invasion of Ukraine began on the 44th day.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Britain’s Sky News Channel that the victims were a “great tragedy” for Russia.
He said he hoped Moscow would achieve its war goals “in the coming days.”
Pesco’s comments followed Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations Human Rights Council Thursday.
Ninety-three of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted in favor of diplomatic condemnation, following allegations of massive human rights abuses by Russian troops in the northern Ukrainian city of Pucha.
Moscow announced In response he resigned from the council.
The agency expressed “serious concern about the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky has accused Russia of further atrocities PorotiancaThe nearest city is the capital kyiv.
Peskov denied any claim that Russian troops were responsible for the execution in the city of Pucha, telling the British shop that “we live in days of lies and lies.” He said pictures of the murdered civilians were staged in the city.
However, it is surprising that he admitted that Russia suffered significant casualties. On March 25, the Russian Defense Ministry said 1,351 of his soldiers died in battle. Ukraine says the Russian death toll is nearly 19,000.
Estimates of Russian losses in Russia or Ukraine cannot be verified independently, and analysts have warned that Russia may underestimate its mortality rate, while Ukraine may raise it to boost morale.
Western leaders believe 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed.
To end the war
Peskov, who has been a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin since 2000, said Russia was looking for ways to end the war.
“Our military is doing everything possible to put an end to that operation,” he said. “We hope that in the next few days, in the foreseeable future, this move will reach its goals or end with talks between the Russian and Ukrainian representatives.”
Russia withdraws troops from Kiev and Shifted most of the focus of his battle eEast of UkraineBut there was no sign of the fight ending.
Ukraine’s deputy prime minister has urged Ukrainians living in the east to leave as much as they can, but the intensity of the shelling has hampered the evacuation.
Ukraine aims to establish 10 humanitarian corridors by Friday, but Reuters reports that civilians trying to escape from Mariupol should use private vehicles.
Not in the Cold War
Thursday, Western nations imposed more sanctions on the Russian economy In retaliation for alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
The US Senate has unanimously voted to remove Russia’s “preferred country” trade status, opening the door to new tariffs and import restrictions on products such as platinum, chemicals, iron and steel.
The EU has also agreed to phase out the import of Russian coal worth about $ 4 billion a year to the Russian economy over the next 120 days.
Speaking in front of the State Duma, the Russian parliament, Prime Minister Michael Michustin acknowledged that the overall impact of the sanctions was overwhelming. The country faces its worst economic outlook in decades.
“Undoubtedly, the current situation is very difficult for Russia in three decades,” he said. “Such restrictions were not used even during the dark days of the Cold War.”
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government.
Russia’s currency, the ruble, has plummeted to a record low in late February. It returned to pre-war status.
Zelensky has renewed his calls for a new supply of heavy weapons from the West, saying his forces will “pave the way for victory on the battlefield and be a strong potential obstacle against Russia.”
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