Dozens of foreign mercenaries killed in Ukraine – Russia – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union
More than 100 Polish and German fighters killed and more than 50 injured, Defense Ministry says
The Russian military has killed dozens of mercenaries in Ukraine in high-precision strikes, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
He said the Russian Air Force had reached a mercenary deployment point in the Kharkov region. « More than 100 Polish and German militants were killed and more than 50 injured“, we read in the press release.
According to the Ministry of Defense, Russian airstrikes on the combat positions of the Ukrainian 63rd Mechanized Brigade in the Kherson region caused the loss of more than 160 fighters from the unit’s 105th and 107th battalions.
Meanwhile, an artillery attack on the positions of the Ukrainian 66th Mechanized Brigade in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) wiped out « over 70% of the personnel of the unit’s third battalion.Another high-precision strike near the DPR settlements of Ugledar, Vodyanoye and Dobrovolye, which was carried out against the 53rd Mechanized Brigades and 68th Infantry Fighters killed more than 260 fighters.
In early August, the ministry claimed to have eliminated « more than 80 foreign mercenaries and 11 special equipment units,who were part of the « International Legion » of Ukraine in southeastern Ukraine.
Earlier, the ministry revealed that since February 24 – the day Russia launched its military offensive – more than 7,100 mercenaries from more than 60 countries had arrived in Ukraine. The military says it is actively monitoring foreign fighters and specialists, noting that their numbers had been reduced to 2,190 by early August.
In April, however, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the best thing foreign mercenaries could expect in Ukraine was a “long prison sentence.” In June, he also noted that if hundreds had been killed by Russian long-range precision weapons”shortly after their arrival« , most of the foreign fighters have been eliminated »due to low level of training and lack of real combat experience.”
As for its own casualties, Moscow has not updated the figures since March, when it reported 1,351 servicemen killed and 3,825 wounded.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, intended to give the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time andcreate powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.