After almost a week of intense fighting, Vladimir Putin has finally admitted how many Russian soldiers have died during the invasion of Ukraine.

Some 498 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine, with 1,597 wounded, Russia’s Defence Ministry said in its first report of military casualties since the country invaded its eastern European neighbour last week.

Meanwhile, the Russian bombardment of Kharkiv in Ukraine has killed 21 people and hurt 112, a Ukrainian official said.

Some Russian planes have been shot down, they added.

Russia’s Defence Ministry’s casualty report said that 498 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine, with 1,597 wounded since they invaded the neighbouring country a week ago.

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Smoke rises from a Russian tank destroyed by the Ukrainian forces

The news comes after reports that Russia could be hiding the true scale of the Russia-Ukraine war by using mobile crematoriums to incinerate bodies caught up in the crossfire following their invasion of Ukraine, it has been claimed.

For years, a series of crematoriums have reportedly been deployed alongside war jets and tanks – with the crematoriums being disguised as ordinary vehicles from its exterior.

Russian troops are continuing their attacks on Ukraine as they look to take over Kyiv

But from the inside, video footage previously released by the MoD reveals a hidden incinerator to disintegrate the corpses of soldiers and civilians.

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On Thursday (February 24), the terrifying clip resurfaced after Russia declared an all-out war with Ukraine.

It is believed the vehicle has enough room to “evaporate” one body at a time and is expected to follow soldiers into the country.

Bodies of dead Russian soldiers
Bodies of dead Russian soldiers on the outskirts of Irpin, Ukraine following the invasion last week

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has implied that the system could be a way for future combat losses to be covered up – sparking fears of the condemnation at home when Russia first entered Ukraine in 2014.

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He said: “If I was a soldier and knew that my generals had so little faith in me that they followed me around the battlefield with a mobile crematorium, or I was the mother or father of a son, potentially deployed into a combat zone, and my government thought that the way to cover up losses was a mobile crematorium, I’d be deeply, deeply worried.”

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