Ukraine’s military said it killed 106 Russian soldiers on Monday as the high-stakes battle for the Donbass region continued.
The Ukrainian Operational and Tactical Group (UTG) “East” said on Facebook that 106 Russian soldiers were killed. Several armored military vehicles, weapons, ammunition and other supplies were also reportedly destroyed. The Russian military has been heavily focused on capturing Donbass due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to allegedly “liberate” the region and “denazify” Ukraine.
The Russian army lost around 33,800 soldiers in the nearly three-month war, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to Ukrayinska Pravda, an additional 1,000 Russian soldiers are being held captive by Ukraine.
Ukraine also claimed to have destroyed a large number of Russian military vehicles, aircraft, equipment and supplies since the start of the invasion on February 24, including:
- 1,477 tanks
- 3,588 armored fighting vehicles
- 749 artillery systems
- 238 rocket launchers
- 98 anti-aircraft systems
- 216 aircraft
- 181 helicopters
- 601 tactical drones
- 130 cruise missiles
- 14 ships and boats
- 2,527 units of automotive equipment and tanks
- 55 special equipment
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Monday that 3,696 Ukrainian tanks and armored military vehicles were destroyed during the war, according to Bloomberg.
Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said earlier this month that 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the war. Zelensky said earlier this month that up to 100 more Ukrainian soldiers were dying every day.
Ukrainian estimates of military deaths on either side have not been independently verified.
Recent fighting in the Donbass region, which is located in the eastern part of Ukraine and includes Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, has been particularly fierce near the city of Luhansk, Severodonetsk. Earlier this month, Zelensky predicted that the outcome of the battle would determine the “fate” of the region.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai told The Associated Press on Monday that the fighting in Severodonetsk had been “very difficult” with Russian forces controlling most parts of the city.
The only area of the city that remains under Ukrainian control is the Azot chemical plant, where 500 Ukrainian civilians are said to have taken refuge alongside an undisclosed number of Ukrainian soldiers.
“It’s just hell out there,” Haidai said, noting that Russian forces have continued to deploy additional troops and military equipment to the city. “Everything is engulfed in fire, the shelling does not even stop for an hour.”
Haidai had previously warned against comparing the Azot plant with the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where large numbers of civilians had taken refuge earlier in the war.
“People are hiding in shelters, there are several,” he said. “It shouldn’t be compared to Azovstal.”
Newsweek contacted the Russian government for comment.