The Russian army has suffered its biggest losses in decades, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a Facebook video addressing the city of Mariupol on Saturday, the president said since the beginning of the invasion, 31 Russian tactical battalion groups have lost capability, and more than 360 Russian tanks have been lost.
He claimed that Ukrainian forces are inflicting the “biggest blow to Russia’s army in decades”.
“Our Armed Forces are doing everything to deprive the enemy of any desire to continue the war against Ukraine,” Mr Zelensky said, according to Ukrinform.
“The losses of Russian troops are enormous. The dynamics of the invaders’ losses on the 17th day is such that it is safe to say that this is the biggest blow to the Russian army in decades. “They’ve never lost more than that in such a time period.”
He added that groups of Russian troops were surrendering to Ukrainian forces, but that Russia is now recruiting fighters, reservists, conscripts, and mercenaries to “outnumber” Ukrainian forces, CNN reported.
He explained Ukrainian forces will guarantee a ceasefire along the evacuation corridor out of the city to allow supplies into the city, and to facilitate civilian evacuations.
It comes as a Russian air strike on Mariupol’s maternity and children’s hospital on Wednesday left 17 people injured, according to Mariupol city officials.
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