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Of: Lukas Zigo, Katja Thorwarth and Daniel Dillmann


In the war between Russia and Ukraine, losses on both sides are increasing. An overview of what happened last night.

  • In the war in Ukraine *, information on the number of casualties from Russia * differs markedly.
  • According to Ukraine *, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s army * is said to have lost more than 17,000 troops in the conflict in Ukraine *.
  • Moscow * is said to leave the bodies of Russian soldiers in the streets. Kiev * asks the Kremlin to transport the fallen home.

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+++ 7:30: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy still does not see concrete results from talks with Russia on the possible end of the war. Don’t trust Moscow’s fine words, Selensky said Thursday night. Ukraine is also reporting further attacks, such as a fuel depot in the city of Dnipro. Once again, both sides are fighting for a ceasefire in the besieged city of Mariupol. For its part, the federal government hopes for greater clarity on whether and how Russia will continue to supply gas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to speak with representatives of the energy giant Gazprom and the Russian central bank on Thursday. The topic is future payments to Russia for gas. After a phone call between Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Putin, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said Wednesday evening that Western payments could continue to be made to Gazprom Bank in euros after April 1, as usual. The bank then converts the money into rubles.

A Russian tank near Mariupol: Russia has announced a ceasefire. © Maximilian Clarke / dpa

Ukraine update: Kiev recognizes attacks in Donbass

In negotiations with Ukraine to end the war, Russia announced Tuesday that it would significantly reduce its combat operations on the Northern Front. According to Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamiya, talks with the Russian delegation will continue online on 1 April.

Kiev recognizes a deployment of Russian troops for new attacks in the Donbass, Zelenskii said. “And we are preparing for it.” He reiterated the call for help from Western partners, such as tanks, aircraft and artillery systems. “Freedom must not be worse armed than tyranny,” he said.

Ukraine update: Russia wants a ceasefire for Mariupol from 10am today

For the disputed city of Mariupol for weeks, Russia offered a ceasefire on Thursday to give civilians the opportunity to flee. “The Russian Armed Forces declare a ceasefire on March 31 from 10:00 (9:00 CEST) – solely for humanitarian purposes,” said Major General Mikhail Mizintsev, according to the Interfax news agency.

An oil depot full of fuel was destroyed in a missile attack in the city of Dnipro, according to Ukrainian sources. The debris also damaged two tankers, said the head of the regional council, Mykola Lukaschuk. There were no casualties. According to Ukrainian sources, a rocket hit a factory in Novomoskovsk, northeast of Dnipro. There were no deaths here either.

Heavy losses in the war in Ukraine: Kiev regains control in the southeast

Updated from Thursday 31 March 2022, 6:35 am: News portal The Kyiv Independent reports that Ukrainian forces have regained control of the southeast of Orlove, Zahradivka, Kochubeyivka. This was announced by the general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces on 30 March.

Ukraine news: “Putin is misinformed”

+++ 18:20: The United States * believes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been “misinformed” by his advisers about the poor performance of the Russian military in Ukraine and the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy.

“We believe Putin has been misinformed by his advisers about the poor performance of the Russian military and the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth,” a US official said. The official said the assessment was based on information released by US intelligence agencies. He added that the United States has information suggesting that Putin has learned of the misinformation, which has led to a rift between Putin and his senior defense officials.

Wladimir Putin
The image of the swimming pool released by the Russian state news agency Sputnik via AP shows Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, listening to the governor of the Novgorod region during a meeting in Moscow. © Mikhail Klimentyev / dpa

“We have information that Putin felt deceived by the Russian army. There are now tensions between Putin and the[Dipartimento della Difesa]resulting from Putin’s distrust of the Defense Department leadership, “the US official said. Putin did not know that his army was” deploying and losing conscripts in Ukraine, showing a clear interruption in the flow of information to the Russian president. “

Heavy losses in war in Ukraine: civilians in Irpin “just buried in gardens or parks”

Update, 17:10: The current situation of the Ukrainian civilian population is constantly deteriorating. According to the mayor, at least 200 people have been killed in the Kiev suburb of Irpin alone since the start of the war in Ukraine. “I think about 200 or 300 people died,” Oleksandr Markushin told reporters on Wednesday (03/30/2022). The dead were “simply buried in gardens or parks” during the fierce fighting over the city northwest of the Ukrainian capital.

According to government information, Ukrainian troops prepared Irpin from Russian troops on Monday (March 28, 2022). However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy * said that “it is too early to talk about security in this part of our region”. The Russians still control the areas north of Kiev.

Heavy losses in the war in Ukraine: Russia is said to leave the bodies of its soldiers behind

First report of Wednesday 30 March 2022, 15:27: Kiev – Russia and Ukraine have been at war for more than a month. Peace negotiations are stagnant. The end of the war in Ukraine is not yet in sight.

Moscow’s initial strategy of taking Ukraine in a blitz to minimize the losses of soldiers and technical equipment has gone horribly wrong. Now the Kremlin army is blocked, hardly gaining territorial gains, and is already retreating again in places.

The situation in Ukraine is currently dramatic: hundreds of Russian soldiers have died in the recaptured villages

The picture presented to Ukrainian soldiers in the partially reconquered villages is dramatic. According to the news portal Euronews, the Kiev Ministry of Defense reports hundreds of dead Russian soldiers. Apparently these were not recovered by the Russian army and transported home for burial. This information is supported by images distributed by the AFP news agency. But even these images cannot be verified at this time.

The governor of the city of Mykolayiv, Vitaly Kim, has now asked its population to bury the bodies of Russian soldiers or hand them over to the military. This is to prevent the spread of disease and pay a final farewell to fallen people. “We are not monsters,” Kim wrote on a Telegram channel. According to Euronews, Kim sent photos of suspected Russian soldiers killed to prove his claims.

Ukraine update: facial recognition software to identify corpses as Russian soldiers

In the Kremlin, however, there is no reaction to Ukraine’s claims. Oleksandr Kamyshi, head of Ukrainian railways, has a reason for this. “For the sake of ‘victorious’ propaganda, they are willing to deny even mothers the opportunity to bury the bodies,” Kamyshi said via Telegram.

There have often been reports that Russia has prohibited its soldiers from wearing name tags known as “dog tags”, possibly to make identification impossible. But Ukraine now wants to achieve this with the help of artificial intelligence. Facial recognition software is said to identify corpses from the war in Ukraine as members of the Russian military. This was reported, among other things, by the Reuters news agency.

What is true of the corpses is also true of the overall losses that Russia had to endure in the conflict in Ukraine. Information from Kiev can hardly be verified. According to the Kyiv Independent, however, these are said to be higher than in the two wars in Chechnya in 1994 and 1999 and even exceed the death toll of the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan *.

Ukraine: current number of military casualties

  • 17,300 soldiers
  • 605 tanks
  • 1723 armored personnel carriers
  • 305 artillery pieces
  • 54 anti-aircraft guns
  • 131 helicopters
  • 81 drones
  • 1184 vehicles
  • 7 warships
  • 21 special vehicles
  • 4 Mobile missile systems

According to NATO estimates *, the current number of Russian soldiers killed is between 7,000 and 15,000. Russia itself speaks of about 1,350 fallen soldiers. However, the Kremlin has not yet given an explanation for the numerous images of corpses that are posted on Telegram channels as “Search Yours”. (ktho / dil) * fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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