War in Ukraine: Russia regrets “significant” losses of soldiers and admits to being in the most difficult economic moment of the last three decades

Russia has admitted to suffering “Significant troop losses” in Ukraine, when the invasion enters on its 44th day.

presidential spokesperson, Dmitri Peskovhe told the British channel News from heaven who were the victims “A great tragedy” for Russia. He also said he hoped Moscow would achieve its war goals “in the next few days”.

Peskov’s comments followed The expulsion of Russia from the UN Human Rights Council Thursday.

About 93 of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly voted in favor of the diplomatic reprimand, which followed allegations of mass human rights abuses by Russian troops in the city of bushingin the north of Ukraine.

Dmitry Peskov said that the loss of Russian troops was one
Dmitry Peskov said the loss of Russian troops was a “great tragedy”

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Moscow has announced its resigns from the board in response.

The agency expressed its “grave concern about the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis”. The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, accused Russia of more atrocities in Borodyanka, a city near the capital kiev.

Peskov denied any hypothesis that Russian troops were responsible for the executions in the city of Bucha, telling the British newspaper that “we are living in days of fakes and lies“. He claimed that the images of murdered civilians were staged in the city.

However, his admission that Russia has suffered significant losses is surprising. This was stated on March 25 by the Russian Defense Ministry 1,351 of its soldiers had died in combat. Ukraine estimates the Russian deaths at nearly 19,000.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine’s estimates of Russian losses can be independently verified, and analysts have warned that Russia may underestimate its death rate, while Ukraine may inflate it to boost morale. Western leaders believe between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed.

Peskov, who has been a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin since 2000, also said Russia is looking for ways to end the war.

“Our army is doing all it can to finish that operation“, he said.” And we hope that in the next few days, in the near future, this operation will reach its objectives or end with the negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations “.

In this photo from a video released by the Ukrainian Police Department press service, the body of a dead soldier lies on the ground next to destroyed military vehicles after an attack allegedly carried out by separatists or Russians in eastern Ukraine, Thursday, February 24, 2022.
In this photo from a video released by the Ukrainian Police Department press service, the body of a dead soldier lies on the ground next to destroyed military vehicles after an attack allegedly carried out by separatists or Russians in eastern Ukraine, Thursday, February 24, 2022.AP

Russia withdrew troops from Kiev and he moved most of the focus of his war to eastern Ukrainebut the fight shows no sign of ending.

The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister has urged Ukrainians living in the east to flee as long as they can, but the intensity of the bombing is hindering the evacuations.

Ukraine aims to create up to 10 humanitarian corridors by Friday, but civilians trying to flee Mariupol will have to use private vehicles, Reuters reported.

Not in the cold war

Thursday, Western nations have imposed more sanctions on the Russian economy in retaliation for alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine.

The US Senate unanimously voted to remove the trade status of Russia’s “most favored nation”, opening the door to new harmful tariffs and controls on imports of products such as platinum, chemicals, iron and steel.

And the European Union has agreed to gradually impose a ban on imports of Russian coal, worth about $ 4 billion a year to the Russian economy, over the next 120 days.

FILE - People walk past a screen in a currency exchange office showing the exchange rates of the US dollar and the euro against the ruble in Moscow on February 28, 2022. (AP Photo / Pavel Golovkin, File)
FILE – People walk past a screen in a currency exchange office showing the exchange rates of the US dollar and the euro against the ruble in Moscow on February 28, 2022. (AP Photo / Pavel Golovkin, File)

Speaking before the Russian parliament, the State Duma, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin admitted that the cumulative impact of extended sanctions means that the country faces the worst economic prospects of recent decades.

“Without a doubt, the current situation could be called the most difficult of the last three decades for Russia,” he said. “Such sanctions were not used even in the darkest times of the Cold War.”

But he said the impact of Western sanctions was limited, telling lawmakers that “the financial system, the lifeblood of the entire economy, has held up.”

After plunging to an all-time low in late February, the Russian currency, the ruble, has returned to its pre-war level.

Zelensky renewed his call for new supplies of heavy weapons from the West, saying his forces need “weapons that will give them the means to win on the battlefield and will be the strongest possible sanction against Russia.”

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