- Zelenskyy explained an “incompetent” Russian military was leading to “unprecedented losses.”
- He has said some 14,000 Russian soldiers have declined, while Western estimates are closer to 7,000.
- Zelenskyy added that some Russian combat units were downed “by 80-90%” during the fighting.
In a stark message Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy state some areas of combat have been “simply piled with corpses of Russian soldiers.”
The Ukrainian president said that his energies continue to deter Russian forces and “inflict unprecedented losses on Russian troops.” He added that the Russian military has certified itself “incompetent, capable of simply driving their people to slaughter.”
“Some units of the occupiers were disabled by 80-90%,” Zelenskyy said on Telegram. “In places of especially fierce battles, the frontline of our defense is simply piled with the bodies of Russian soldiers.”
“And these corpses, these bodies, are not taken away,” he added. “New units are driven on the offensive including these bodies. Some reserves that the command of the Russian troops collect wherever they can.”
Zelenskyy has suggested over 14,000 Russian soldiers have died thus far. US intelligence estimated last week that 7,000 of the 150,000 Russian troops mixed up with in the war have died.
“We are well aware that Russia has just a bottomless human resource and a lot of equipment, missiles, and explosives. But I want to ask the citizens of Russia. What have they done to you over the years that you stopped noticing your negative cash flow deaths?” Zelenskyy said. “This is 14,000 mothers, 14,000 fathers. These are wives, these are children, relatives, and pen-pals. And you don’t notice it?”
He warned there would “only be more victims” as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues. Zelenskyy has called for stillness talks with Russia multiple times in the last several weeks, warning that Russia will differently incur losses that will take “several generations to recover” from.
During an interview with CNN on Sunday, Zelenskyy ventured he is ready for negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he warned that if those talks failed, it “would specify that this is a third World War,” Insider’s John Dorman reported.
“Ukraine has always sought a peaceful key,” Zelenskyy said on Telegram. “Because we count everyone killed, because every ruined family, every ruined family matters to us. Because were are Ukrainians, and for us, a person is priceless.”