Before Russia launched this operation, there were about 120 Russian Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs) around Ukraine. CNN quoted the official as saying that about 29 such groups had suffered heavy damage.
On April 4, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also acknowledged that Russia suffered “significant” loss of troops in Ukraine, in an interview with Sky News, Mr. Peskov called it “a great tragedy”.
However, Peskov said at the time that Russia’s withdrawal from the area around Kyiv and Ukraine was not a setback, but an act of goodwill that contributed to the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
A damaged Russian tank in the Kyiv . region
US and NATO officials in March estimated Russian casualties between 3,000 and 10,000.
The Guardian also quoted a US Defense Department official as estimating that Russia’s military power in Ukraine is only 80-85% of what it was before the campaign.
On April 9, Reuters reported that Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai urged civilians to evacuate to avoid Russian attacks. According to officials, air raid sirens sounded throughout eastern Ukraine on the morning of April 9.
The appeal comes after at least 50 people were killed when a train station in the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine was hit by rockets. Ukraine has blamed Russian forces for the incident. The Russian Defense Ministry denied Ukraine’s accusations, calling it a “provocative act”.
Meanwhile, Kharkiv region leader Oleh Syniehubov said Russian forces continued shelling the regional capital.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced that 10 humanitarian corridors to evacuate people from besieged areas will open on April 9, including one for people evacuating by private means of transport. from the port city of Mariupol.
Soldiers of the pro-Russian forces in Ho Chi Minh City. Mariupol
In recent days, Ukrainian officials have warned of a major Russian offensive in the east of the country. According to the Ukrainian side, Russian troops in Izium, south of Kharkiv region, will try to advance to the Donbass region.
The British Ministry of Defense says some of the Russian troops that have been withdrawn from northern Ukraine will be moved to eastern Ukraine, but many of them will need to be replenished, reorganized, and will take at least a week.
In a related information, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a recent visit to Kyiv pledged to speed up the processing of Ukraine’s application to join the European Union.