According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian army has destroyed almost 1,000 Russian tanks, over 200 Russian planes, and approximately 2,500 armoured battle vehicles.
Despite these casualties, Russian soldiers have enough weaponry to mount future operations, according to Zelensky.
Of course, the occupants have equipment on hand. Yes, they still have missiles capable of attacking our area,” he continued. “However, the conflict has already weakened Russia to the point that they must prepare (to have) even fewer military equipment for the parade in Moscow.”
On May 9, Russia will perform its regular Victory Day parade in Red Square to commemorate Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union during World War II.
According to the Ukrainian President, Russia has already lost almost 23,000 soldiers since the assault began. International Daily News is unable to independently verify this allegation.
Russia has irregularly given casualty estimates that are low and, according to analysts, a gross underestimation. Two top NATO military officials assessed the number of Russian servicemen killed in combat in Ukraine to be between 7,000 and 15,000 two days before Russia’s update. Other US officials estimated Russian casualties in a similar range around the same period — between 7,000 and 14,000 Russian soldiers killed — but they expressed “poor confidence” in those numbers.
In an interview with Sky News earlier this month, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov briefly confirmed Russia has suffered “substantial” army casualties in Ukraine, calling the losses “a terrible sorrow” for the country.