Zelenskyy says 16,000 Russian soldiers are dead as humiliated Putin faces “defeat” in Kyiv and Ukraine tries to retake Kherson

PRESIDENT Zelensky says 16,000 Russian soldiers are dead as his soldiers prepare to retake the first city captured by Putin.

The 44-year-old Ukrainian leader said his troops dealt powerful blows to Moscow’s forces in his late-night address and urged the Kremlin to negotiate an end to the war.

Ukraine could retake Kherson today, officials said


Ukraine could retake Kherson today, officials saidPhoto credit: AFP
Zelenskyy said Russia lost 16,000 soldiers


Zelenskyy said Russia lost 16,000 soldiersPhoto credit: AFP
Putin's troops should once again concentrate on the


Putin’s troops should once again concentrate on the “liberation” of the Donbass regionCredit: EPA


But he warned that he would never allow Ukrainian territory to be handed over tyrant Putin69, in a deal.

It came as Ukraine’s Defense Ministry adviser Markian Lubkivskyi predicted troops could retake Kherson in the south today.

But he said he was skeptical of the Russian president’s claims that his forces were no longer trying to take over the entire nation.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “We cannot believe what is being said from Moscow because there is still a lot of untruth and lies coming from that side.

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“Therefore, we understand that Putin’s target is still all of Ukraine.

“We can now see that the The enemy is concentrated in the eastern part of Ukraine but we are ready for any kind of attacks on different Ukrainian locations.

“I believe that today the city will be completely under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces.

“We ended the operation in the Kyiv region in the last two days, so other forces are now concentrating on the southern part and trying to liberate Kherson and some other Ukrainian cities.”

Kherson fell earlier this month as Russia’s first major war win.

And today at the Doha Forum in Qatar, President Zelenskyy said that Russia’s boast of its nuclear power is fueling a dangerous arms race.

Kremlin officials said yesterday his forces would not focus on just that “Liberation” of pro-Moscow separatist regions in eastern Donbass.

But Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, did not rule out further attacks on Ukrainian cities – he claimed the attacks were not planned.

Ukraine is on the verge of a major victory as British defense officials said there was now a “realistic possibility” that the towns of Bucha and Irpin would be encircled by Ukrainian forces.

The Defense Ministry said Russian troops were facing “significant supply and morale problems” and were unlikely to be able to regroup and capture Kyiv.

Ukraine, however, said talks with Moscow remained “very difficult” and vowed not to back down on its demands, more than a month after the Russian invasion.

said Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. “The negotiation process is very difficult.

“The Ukrainian delegation has taken a strong position and is not giving up its demands.

“First and foremost, we insist on a ceasefire, security guarantees and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

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Ukraine is now littered with burned-out wrecks of Russian tanks and armored vehicles, charred remains of downed planes and dead people corpses of soldiers – many of which were juvenile conscripts.

As the fighting takes its toll on the Russian troops, tales of anger and plummeting morale emerge.

Supposedly a soldier drove his tank into his commanding officer as he protested appalling casualties among his comrades.

Colonel Yuri Medvedev was hospitalized with serious leg injuries after the reported incident.

Russia accidentally revealed this 10,000 soldiers lostwhen the number was released by a pro-Kremlin newspaper.

However, NATO has said the number could be as high as 15,000 with total losses including wounded, captured or missing being as high as 40,000.

If the estimate is correct, Russian casualties will be up in less than a month Ukraine are now the same as they suffered during their ten-year war in Afghanistan that ended in 1989.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on his country to maintain its military defenses and not to stop “even for a minute”.

He used his nightly video address to urge Ukrainians to “move toward peace, move forward.”

He said: “With every day of our defense, we get closer to the peace we so desperately need.

“We can’t even stop for a minute, because every minute decides our destiny, our future, whether we will live.” Zelenskyy says 16,000 Russian soldiers are dead as humiliated Putin faces “defeat” in Kyiv and Ukraine tries to retake Kherson


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