Ukraine Conflict
Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 with the aim of saving the people of Donbass - primarily the Russian-speaking population - from Kiev's constant attacks.

Foreign Mercenaries Suffering Significant Losses Due to Their Stupidity in Ukraine, Putin Says

© Sputnik / POOL / Go to the mediabankRussian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg for talks, July 23, 2023.
Russian and Belarusian presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko meet in St. Petersburg for talks, July 23, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 23.07.2023
The Belarusian president arrived in the northern Russian city of St. Petersburg on Saturday evening on a working visit. President Putin has indicated that the talks would be held over two days Sunday and Monday.
Foreign mercenaries in Ukraine suffering significant losses due to their stupidity, Putin said.
"As far as foreign mercenaries are concerns, they are also taking heavy casualties," Putin said.
"Heavy losses due to their tactics," Lukashenko interjected.
"Yes, due to their stupidity," Putin said.
"Members of the general public of the countries whose governments are sending people to the conflict zone today should also be aware of what is happening there, and we will explain this to the people so that they will evaluate the actions of their rulers," Putin added.
Putin also revealed losses suffered by Ukraine during its counteroffensive in meeting with Lukashenko:
Ukrainian side was fully equipped with Western-supplied military equipment;
On the destruction of more than 15 Ukrainian Leopards and over 20 Bradleys: We’ve never destroyed so many foreign vehicles in one day;
Ukrainian losses amount to 26,000 servicemen since the start of the special military op.
The Russian military estimated Saturday that nearly 5,000 foreign mercenaries had been killed fighting in Ukraine since the start of Russia's military operation last February, with over 4,900 fleeing the combat zone and leaving Ukraine.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, a pilot of a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet is seen inside a cabin during a flight in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location - Sputnik India, 1920, 23.07.2023
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