Russia lost 450 soldiers on the first day of its intervention in Ukraine

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British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said on Friday that Russia has lost more than 450 soldiers since the military intervention began.

Speaking to Sky News, Wallace said Russian President Vladimir Putin “intends to take over the whole of Ukraine.”

“According to our assessment on the latest developments in Ukraine, Russia has not achieved any of its main goals. On the contrary, they have also lost more than 450 of their forces,” he said.

The British officer noted in this context that “Russian special forces were repelled by Ukrainian units during an attempt to seize one of the airports.”

“The Russian army failed to achieve its objective on the first day of the military operation in Ukraine,” concluded Wallace.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 130 people, including civilians, were killed during the first day of the military intervention.

At dawn on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of a military operation in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, prompting angry backlash from various countries around the world and several calls for tougher sanctions against Moscow. Donbas Crisis and Russian Military Intervention

In 2014, after the popular protests that rocked Ukraine, head of state Viktor Yanukovich fled the country, giving way to a Western government. The ensuing crisis saw Russia invade Crimea and illegally annex this Ukrainian territory, then supported the claims of independence of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, predominantly Russian-speaking.

The deadly skirmishes that began in the wake of the unilateral declaration of independence of the two Ukrainian territories then opposed separatist forces backed by Russia and Kiev’s forces.

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*Translated from Arabic by Hezar Cherny

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