Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has put the Ukrainian casualties at more than 66,000 soldiers since the start of Kiev’s counteroffensive. In addition, Ukraine has also lost a good 7,600 weapon systems, Shoigu said at a video conference of the ministry.

“In none of the (attack) directions did the armed forces of Ukraine reach their goal,” the minister claimed. The information provided by the warring parties cannot be checked independently. Often, both sides tend to exaggerate when making statements about the opponent’s losses.

Shoigu: Ukraine has suffered “colossal losses”.

According to Shoigu, the Ukrainian army has suffered “colossal losses” in its offensive efforts and is now trying to present at least some successes to the West in order to continue receiving arms aid. But this would only prolong the conflict. The shelling of civilian objects in Russia is being celebrated in Ukraine as a military success, he said.

In fact, Ukrainian drone strikes on Russian territory and artillery shelling of border areas have also killed Russian civilians. However, this is in no way comparable to the civilian casualties on the Ukrainian side, which Russia has already claimed as a result of the war of aggression that has been going on for more than 18 months. In Kiev’s offensive, which has been going on for more than three months, Ukraine has so far only made small gains in territory, but according to its own military leadership it has broken through the most heavily fortified Russian defense line at one point.