A leaked figure of the amount of dead Russian soldiers is far higher than the official Kremlin figures, a new report has revealed.
Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda said that according to the Russian ministry of defence numbers, nearly 10,000 of Putin’s troops have reportedly been killed since the war with Ukraine began on February 24.
The leaked statistics state that 9,861 soldiers have died, which is much larger than the most recent recorded numbers which were in the hundreds.
Yaroslav Trofimov, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent of The Wall Street Journal, posted the find on Twitter today (Monday, March 21).
“Komsomolskaya Pravda, the pro-Kremlin tabloid, says that according to Russian ministry of defence numbers, 9,861 Russian soldiers died in Ukraine and 16,153 were injured,” he wrote.
“The last official Russian KIA figure, on March 2, was 498. Fascinating that someone posted the leaked number.”
In a follow-up tweet, he added: “Either KP has been hacked or someone there got the leaked numbers and posted them.”
It comes as Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine issued a warning and claimed their fellow troops are being thrown in mass graves, the Daily Star previously reported.
The surrendering soldiers urged people to rise against Putin and said that Russia wouldn’t have enough soldiers to take over the country.
Alexei Zheleznyak, who surrendered, said in a press conference: “Putin, without declaring war, is bombing residents, hospitals, cities of Ukraine.
“People of Russia, don’t look at the zombies. The Ukrainian people are brave people. They will stop this (Russian) equipment even without weapons. They are united.
“No matter how much Putin sends his troops here, he will not capture this territory… Our commander-in-chief is a liar and a deceiver of all our people.
“He deceived not only us, but the whole of Russia. He simply made fascists out of us.”
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