The Russian army reveals the number of its soldiers who have died so far in Ukraine

On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that 498 servicemen were killed in the line of duty in the special military operation in Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that 1,597 Russian military personnel were wounded during the operation.

As for the losses in the ranks of the nationalist battalions and members of the Ukrainian armed forces, more than 2,870 were dead and about 3,700 wounded, in addition to the capture of 572 Ukrainian soldiers.

Konashenkov revealed that the Russian forces continue to strike at the military infrastructure sites in Ukraine, explaining that this resulted in the destruction of 1,533 sites, including 54 command centers and communications points of the Ukrainian armed forces, and 39 anti-air systems of the “S-300” and “Buk-M and M1 models”, along with US systems, in addition to 52 radar stations.

He added that the operation resulted in the destruction of 47 military aircraft on the ground and the downing of 13 aircraft in the air, in addition to 484 tanks and other armored vehicles, 63 rocket launchers, 217 field guns, 336 pieces of special military vehicles and 47 drones.

Konashenkov stated that the advance of the forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic resulted in their control of several new towns, while the group of forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic completed the siege around the city of Mariupol on the coast of the Sea of ​​Azov.

The spokesman stressed that the Russian forces are taking measures to ensure the safety of the civilian population of Ukraine, including in the city of Mariupol, where members of “battalions of nationalists who have deployed armored vehicles and artillery, including rocket launchers, in residential neighborhoods”.

He explained that residents of the city can leave it through a safe corridor that was opened in the eastern direction, adding that similar corridors were opened to ensure the exit of those wishing to leave the capital, Kyiv, and the large city of Kharkov (in the east of the country).

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