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Russia, Ukraine both report high casualties in Donetsk – Usky News

KYIV: Ukraine and Russia both reported heavy casualties on Sunday Donbas region of UkraineThe focus of Moscow’s slow, long-standing progress in its neighboring region.
focuses most of the fighting in the former BakhmutIt was largely destroyed in months of attacks and shelling by Russia during the year-long conflict.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Said that in less than a week of fighting near the city, the Russian army had killed more than 1,100 people.
“In less than a week, since March 6, we managed to kill more than 1,100 enemy soldiers in the Bakhmut sector alone, irreparable damage to Russia right there, near Bakhmut,” Zelensky said in his nightly video address.
He added that the Russian army had also suffered 1,500 “sanitary losses” – soldiers wounded badly enough to put them out of further action. Dozens of enemy equipment were destroyed, as were more than 10 Russian ammunition depots.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said its military was conducting further military operations in the Donetsk region, which together with the adjacent Luhansk region forms the Donbass.
The ministry said Russian forces killed more than 220 Ukrainian service members in the past 24 hours.
“In the Donetsk direction… more than 220 Ukrainian soldiers, one infantry fighting vehicle, three armored fighting vehicles, seven vehicles, as well as one D-30 howitzer were destroyed,” the ministry said.
Ukraine said on Saturday that more than 500 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in a recent 24-hour period as they fought for control of Bakhmut.
Reuters could not independently verify either party’s accounts.
Russian forces and troops from the privately run Wagner Group of mercenaries have captured the eastern side of the city and the north and south outskirts, but have so far failed to encircle it.
Moscow says the capture of Bakhmut would plug a hole in Ukrainian security and be a step towards seizing a key target in the Donbass industrial region.


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