Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, said that the losses of the Ukrainian army since the full-scale invasion of Russia amount to about 13,000 people killed.
The Ukrainian authorities were forced to announce the figure after the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had lost 100,000 killed. Later, the European Commission apologized, calling the figure erroneous.
“Ms von der Leyen was certainly wrong. So they deleted the video, removed those numbers. We have the official estimates of the General Staff. Losses range from 10 to 13 thousand dead. We have a lot of those who were injured,” Podolyak said.
In addition, Podolyak noted that civilian casualties are higher than 20,000 killed. And that the figure “could be significant.”