More than 80 mercenaries from Zelensky’s International Legion and 470 Ukrainian personnel have been eliminated, Moscow said.
Dozens of foreign fighters from Ukraine’s “International Legion” were killed in an airstrike in southeastern Ukraine, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
Providing a daily update on the progress of the military operation, Konashenkov revealed that “a high-precision strike” was carried out by the Russian Air Force on an International Legion stronghold in the village of Vyvodovo in the Dnepropetrovsk region. Therefore, “more than 80 foreign mercenaries and 11 special equipment units were destroyed”, said the military spokesman.
Kyiv’s international military unit was created at the end of February at the request of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and is officially known as the International Territorial Defense Legion of Ukraine.
While its members consider themselves “soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”, Konashenkov said earlier that the best thing foreign mercenaries could expect was a “a long prison term”. He also revealed that if hundreds of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine had been killed by Russian long-range precision weapons “shortly after their arrival”, most foreign fighters eliminated “Due to a low level of training and a lack of real combat experience.”
In April, the Russian military estimated the number of foreign fighters at around 7,000, but a recent update suggests fewer than 3,000 remain in Ukraine.
In addition to members of the International Legion, over the past day Russian forces eliminated more than 400 Nationalist fighters from the 46th Airmobile Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the village of Belogorka in the Kherson region, according to Konashenkov. More than 70 fighters were destroyed in three other villages in the Kherson region, and around 150 people were injured, he added.
As for its own casualties, Moscow has not updated the numbers since March, when it reported 1,351 servicemen killed and 3,825 wounded.
Zelensky conceded that his country’s armed forces are suffering heavy losses. In July, he said kyiv was losing about 30 people in combat per day, which was significantly less than in May and June, when the death toll was around 100 to 200 soldiers per day.
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