Ukraine admits “heavy casualties” in eastern battles, but claims Russia’s are “colossal”

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Ukraine Friday he admits that he suffered “heavy losses” in the battles in the east of the country, but added that those of Russia are “colossal”.

The admission comes when the UK Ministry of Defense tweeted that “due to strong Ukrainian resistance, Russian territorial gains have been limited and achieved at a significant cost to Russian forces.”

“We have heavy losses, but the losses of the Russians are much, much greater … They have colossal losses,” said Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, according to Reuters.

On Thursday, April 28, Ukrainian soldiers travel in an armored car to the outskirts of Kryvyi Rih.
(ED JONES / AFP via Getty Images)

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A video posted online Friday by the Ukrainian army allegedly shows a burning Russian tank along the roadside.

“It’s good to burn. This is how Ukrainian soldiers keep destroying the Russian occupiers along with the armor,” he said.

the The UK says the battle on the Donbas region “remains Russia’s main strategic focus in order to achieve its stated goal of securing control over Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”.

The Ukrainian army, on its Facebook pagehe said Russian forces are firing artillery, mortars and rocket-propelled grenade launchers at his positions in the Donetsk and Tavriya regions to prevent troop regrouping.

“The Russian occupiers continue to block Ukrainian units in Mariupol, near the Azovstal [steel] plans, “he added.

Ukrainian military installs a machine gun on a tank after fighting Russian forces in Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, April 27.

Ukrainian military installs a machine gun on a tank after fighting Russian forces in Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, April 27.
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The Ukrainian military also said on Friday that Russian forces “continue to take measures to limit the movement and detention of local residents and freeze humanitarian goods from the territory of Ukraine.

“Furthermore, the Russian occupiers are robbing the peasants,” the military wrote on its Facebook page. “For example, more than 60 tons of grain were stolen from an agricultural company in the city of Kamianka-Dniprovska along with a truck.”