“Today the irrecoverable (Ukrainian) losses add up to 23,367 people”the spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, General Igor Konashenkov, announced at a press conference, in which he also specified that this figure includes soldiers of the Ukrainian army and National Guard, as well as foreign mercenaries.
Konashenkov also predicted that the Russian Defense Ministry plans to publish soon parts of documents from the Ukrainian side about its military losses, but he already predicted that he was dismissing the 2,500-3000 figures recognized by Kyiv.
“For this April 16 alone in Mariupol, the losses of the Ukrainian group amounted to more than 4,000 soldiers,” he said.
The Russian military officer also noted that Ukrainian forces had already been expelled from the entire metropolitan territory of Mariupol, a strategic port city on the shores of the Sea of Azov, south of the Donetsk region.
He stressed that “the remains of the Ukrainian group are completely surrounded on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant. The only chance to save their lives is to lay down their weapons and surrender.”
In addition, Konashenkov reported that during the day the Russian armed forces attacked 15 Ukrainian military facilities with high-precision missiles launched from aircraft and that “as a result of the attacks, more than 320 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and wounded, 23 armored cars and seven cars were destroyed, “