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Wagner chief reveals losses in fight for key Donbass city
Ukrainian casualties during the battle for Artyomovsk were several times higher than Russian ones, Evgeny Prigozhin has claimed
The head of Russia’s Wagner Group, Evgeny Prigozhin, has revealed that his private military company lost around 20,000 servicemen during the fight for the strategic Donbass city of Artyomovsk, also known as Bakhmut. He further claimed that Kiev had suffered some 50,000 fatalities during what has been described as the biggest battle of the 21st century so far.
In an interview published by Wagner’s press service on Tuesday, Prigozhin said he had boosted the company’s ranks with 50,000 inmates from Russian prisons during the long-running battle. They were offered a chance to fight instead of completing their sentences. He added that there was even split between prisoners and volunteers among the dead, accounting for about 10,000 losses each.
Around 20% of Wagner’s forces had also received injuries that would require at least three months to recover from, Prigozhin stated.
However, he insisted that the Ukrainian military had suffered far greater losses in what he previously called “the Bakhmut meat-grinder.”
“We’ve destroyed 50,000 troops of the Ukrainian armed forces [in Artyomovsk],” the Wagner chief claimed, adding that another 50,000 to 70,000 had been seriously wounded.
Prigozhin announced on Saturday that the operation to take control of Artyomovsk, which had been spearheaded by Wagner, had ended and that the city had been “fully captured.” The battle for the major logistics hub had been fought for 224 days, he added.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed later the same day that the city had been taken, with President Vladimir Putin congratulating Wagner servicemen and regular Russian military troops on their success.
Ukraine, which previously claimed that Artyomovsk would be defended at any cost and would become a turning point in the conflict with Moscow, has thus far refused to admit the loss of the city.
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that the settlement “is only in our hearts” when asked by US counterpart Joe Biden at the G7 summit in Japan if Kiev still controlled Artyomovsk. A few hours later, Zelensky changed his stance and denied that the settlement was “occupied by Russia.”
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Russian military death toll in Ukraine rises to 204,760
The Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated about 204,760 Russian troops in Ukraine from February 24, 2022 to May 24, 2023, including 400 invaders in the past day alone.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said this in a Facebook post, according to Ukrinform.
As of May 24, the Ukrainian defenders destroyed 3,792 enemy tanks (+3), 7,424 armored combat vehicles (+5), 3,339 artillery systems (+21), 570 multiple launch rocket systems (+5), 327 air defense systems, 309 aircraft, 296 helicopters (+1), 2,871 unmanned aerial vehicles (+7), 1,015 cruise missiles, 18 warships/cutters, 6,146 motor vehicles (+7), 440 special equipment units (+7).Read also: Ukrainian soldiers down enemy Ka-52 helicopter, four Shahed UAVs in past day
As reported by Ukrinform, 26 combat clashes were recorded in the Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka sectors in the past day.
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EU countries deliver 220,000 rounds, 1,300 missiles to Ukraine – Borrell
The following days, weeks, and months will be decisive for the Russian war against Ukraine, and that is why the member states are accelerating the delivery of military aid to the Ukrainian armed forces: Ukraine received 220,000 shells of various calibers and 1,300 missiles from the existing EU stocks.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell stated this today in Brussels during a press conference following the meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers on defense, reports an Ukrinform correspondent.
Borrell recalled that the EU on March 20 decided to allocate EUR 2 billion for the supply of 1 million artillery rounds for Ukraine over the next 12 months, and asked member states to provide them from their own stocks. The latest numbers are much better than what those recorded just 10 days ago, the high representative noted, adding that as of today, Ukraine has received 220,000 artillery rounds of various calibers and 1,300 missiles.
He recalled that the second track of the program for ammunition production involves the collective ordering at enterprises of the European defense industry and companies in Norway – another EUR 1 billion has been allocated to this end. As of today, 24 countries have expressed interest in this program. The leading role here is played by the European Defense Agency, and two more major projects are being carried out under the auspices of France and Germany, respectively.
The third track envisages the development of the capacity of the European defense industry for a longer term in the interests of European security and defense – the European Commission has already forwarded the relevant proposals to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
All this, according to Borrell, will allow the EU to fulfill its obligations and supply Ukraine with 1 million rounds within 12 months.
The next days, weeks and months will be decisive for the war in Ukraine, Borrell stressed, adding that 90 percent of today’s meeting time was devoted to discussing assistance for Ukraine. NATO Secretary General also attended the meeting to exchange an analysis of the military developments. All the ministers expressed their intention to continue providing assistance to Ukraine, the high EU representative emphasized.Read also: France studying transfer of long-range missiles to Ukraine – Le Monde
As reported earlier, an EU foreign affairs ministerial on the issues of defense took place today in Brussels on Tuesday. On the initiative of the Swedish Presidency of the EU, during the meeting, an informal working lunch was organized with the participation of the NATO Secretary General, which was entirely devoted to cooperation between the European Union and the Alliance, as well as coordination of efforts to provide Ukraine with military assistance to repel Russian aggression.