Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told US newsgroup Newsmax in an interview published on Wednesday that 60 to 100 Ukrainian soldiers die every day on the battlefield and another 500 are wounded.
“The situation in the East is very difficult,” Zelensky told Newsmax.
“Every day we lose 60 to 100 soldiers, killed in action and about 500 wounded,” said the 44-year-old leader, speaking through an interpreter.
High levels of damage were inflicted when Ukrainian troops tried to thwart powerful Russian forces seeking to take full control of the eastern Lugansk region.
Russian forces are reported to be close to seizing control of the city of Severodonetsk after a long siege involving heavy artillery and airstrikes.
“In the past, we’ve kept our defenses at bay,” Zelensky said.
There are indications from the battlefield that the Russians also suffered significant losses.
The Ukrainian government last week estimated that the Russians had lost more than 30,000 troops since launching their offensive on February 24.
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