NEW YORK, April 16. /TASS/. About 2,500-3,000 Ukrainian servicemen were killed and 10,000 injured since the start of Russia’s special military operation, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said.
"Judging by the figures that we have, we believe we had lost from 2,500 to 3,000 servicemen. <…> We have 10,000 injured, it’s hard to say how many of them will survive," he said in fragment of an interview to CNN, released on Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine in order to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years." The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.