Netizen ‘Alla Skidan’ said: “Thank you! Take care of yourselves.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th in what the Kremlin called a “special military operation”. Today marks the 65th day of the invasion.
From February 24th to April 29th, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 23,000 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 986 battle tanks, 2,418 combat armored vehicles, 435 artillery systems, 151 MLR systems, 73 anti-aircraft systems, 189 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,695 vehicles, 8 vessels, 76 fuel tank trucks, 229 operational-tactical level UAVs, 31 units of special equipment, and four mobile SRBM systems.
The UK has also released data claiming that they believe more than a quarter of the ground combat forces committed to the war in Ukraine have likely been “rendered combat ineffective” because of their losses.
The news comes as President Putin has reportedly agreed “in principle” to the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol by representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red Cross. The Russian leader made the concession to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a meeting in Moscow.
In the latest update, it was revealed that 100 civilians already evacuated from the besieged steel works were expected to arrive in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhzhia shortly.
Elsewhere in the fighting, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that a missile strike are destroyed a hangar on the runway at a military airport near the coastal city of Odesa. They claimed that the hangar contained Western-supplied weapons and ammunition.
Fighting has also intensified in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region where the regional governor Oleh Synehubov said the people in the north and east of the city of the same name should remain in shelters because of heavy Russian bombing.
And the governor of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, urged people in his city to leave while they still could.