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Over 1,700 Ukrainian forces killed in 24 hours: Russia

A Ukrainian soldier used an antitank weapon to destroy a Russian vehicle in Irpin, Ukraine, in March 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Russia’s Defense Ministry says more than 1,700 Ukrainian forces were killed in 24 hours as fighting intensifies between the warring sides.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the ministry said 1,710 forces were killed in 24 hours, according to Russia’s Sputnik news agency.

The ministry said Ukraine lost some 570 military personnel in clashes with the southern group of the Russian armed forces, which also left four ammunition depots destroyed.

Kiev also lost 500 others in clashes with the western group of the Russian armed forces.

According to the statement, the northern group inflicted heavy casualties and damage on Ukrainian forces in the Kharkiv region, leaving 210 forces dead.

That comes as Russia launched a major operation against the Kharkiv region, which sits across the border from Belgorod, earlier last month.

President Vladimir Putin said the operation was conducted in order to create a buffer zone to protect Russian frontier villages from Ukraine’s fatal attacks.

Meanwhile, the central grouping thwarted six Ukrainian attacks, leaving 430 forces dead.

In February 2022, Russia launched what it called a special military operation in Ukraine partly to prevent NATO’s eastward expansion after warning that the US-led military alliance was following an “aggressive line” against Moscow.

The Western countries have been fueling the flames of the war with their unchecked delivery of weapons to Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that such a flow of weapons to Kiev will only prolong the conflict.

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