Russia claims elimination of "2000 foreign mercenaries"

The Russian army claimed on Friday that around 7,000 “foreign mercenaries” from 64 countries had arrived in Ukraine since the start of the conflict on February 24, and nearly 2,000 of them had been killed by Russian forces.

“Our lists, as of June 17, include mercenaries and weapons experts from a total of 64 countries. Since the beginning of the special military operation, 6956 have arrived in Ukraine, 1956 have already been eliminated and 1,779 have left” the country, the ministry said. of Russian Defense in a statement.

The Russian Ministry adds that Poland is the “absolute leader” among European countries in terms of fighters (1831) who arrived in Ukraine, followed by Romania and the United Kingdom.

This statement was accompanied by a table of the number of foreign fighters, classifying them by nationality on arrival in Ukraine and the losses recorded, according to the Russian army.

The statement said that 59 French “mercenaries”, of the 183 who arrived in the country to fight, had been killed since the start of the Russian offensive. The countries with the most victims, according to Moscow, are Poland (378 dead), the United States (214), Canada (162) and Georgia (120).

Since the start of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, thousands of foreign volunteers, mostly Europeans, have traveled to this country to help forces in Kiev.

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