Zelenskyy: Russia to lose 100,000 servicemen by year end

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is convinced that by the end of the year, the number of fallen Russian invaders in Ukraine will reach 100,000.

Source: President Zelenskyy evening video address

Quote: "By the end of this year, Russia will lose 100,000 of its soldiers and God only knows how many mercenaries. And Ukraine will persevere. And the world will do everything to ensure that everyone who is guilty of this criminal war is brought to justice."

Details: Zelenskyy went on to say that the situation at the front remains difficult. Despite Russia suffering extremely high losses, the occupiers are still trying to advance in Donetsk Oblast, gain a foothold in Luhansk region, advance in Kharkiv region, and are planning their operations on the southern front.

"But we are holding the defence and, most importantly, we are not allowing the enemy to see their plans through. They had said that they would capture Donetsk Oblast, they said this in spring, summer, autumn… This week, winter is beginning already. They have sacrificed their regular army there; they are losing hundreds of mobilised soldiers and mercenaries there daily; they are using barrier troops there," the president emphasised.

Background: According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since the start of the full-scale invasion on 24 February, the Russian army has lost about 88,380 soldiers.

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