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The Joe Biden-led administration as President of the United States has asserted that over 75,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded during the ongoing war in Ukraine.
It informed US lawmakers this during a classified briefing on Wednesday.
‘We were briefed that over 75,000 Russians have either been killed or wounded, which is huge,” the official said, according to CNN.
‘You’ve got incredible amounts of investment in their land forces, over 80% of their land forces are bogged down, and they’re tired.”
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Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a Democrat who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and recently visited Ukraine, told CNN in a program that was monitored by Africa Daily News, New York. ‘But they’re still the Russian military.’
However, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov disputed the figure in regard to a New York Times report.
‘This is not a statement from the American administration,” Peskov said during a call with journalists on Thursday.
‘This is a newspaper article. Nowadays, even the most reputable newspapers do not shy away from spreading all sorts of fakes.
‘This, unfortunately, is a practice that is becoming more and more common. This is how it should be treated.’
The Ukrainian government has sent out strong warnings to Russia against provocations even as the ongoing war rages on.
This is as the two countries signed a deal with the United Nations and Turkey on Friday to facilitate the export of grain.
The deal signed in Istanbul and mediated by Turkey and the UN would allow 5 million tonnes of grain exports per month from three Ukrainian ports, a senior UN official told CNN.
Ships carrying grains will now be able to navigate through a safe corridor in the Black Sea and then pass through the Bosphorus to reach global markets.
The vessels will be monitored by a Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), which will be established immediately in Istanbul and include representatives from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and the UN.