Zelensky: Russian losses during Kharkiv offensive 8 times higher than Ukraine's

zelensky: russian losses during kharkiv offensive 8 times higher than ukraine's

Zelensky holds a phone call with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Jan. 29, 2024. (Volodymyr Zelensky / X)

Russia's losses during the offensive in Kharkiv Oblast launched earlier this month are eight times higher than those suffered by Ukraine's armed forces, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview published on May 25.

The Kyiv Independent could not independently verify the claim.

Speaking to the Kazakh outlet Vlast, Zelensky said the figure shows Russian dictator Vladimir Putin "has absolutely no regard for human life."

Russia launched a new offensive on May 10 in northern Kharkiv Oblast. Moscow's forces had managed to advance as far as 10 kilometers (6 miles) into the region but had been halted by the first line of defense, Zelensky said on May 16.

On May 24, Ukraine's military said it was now conducting counterattacks against Moscow's forces in the area.

"Their breakthrough in the direction of Kharkiv, which occurred a little over two weeks ago, [resulted in] military casualties of 1 to 8 – one Ukrainian to eight Russians," Zelensky said while speaking to reporters on May 24 in the ruins of a Kharkiv print house which was destroyed in a Russian missile attack a day earlier.

Zelensky said he is constantly updated with Russian casualty figures and even before the Kharkiv offensive there were two-three thousand victims a week.

"Two-three thousand families lost their children. He doesn't care at all," he added.

According to Ukrainian figures, Russian losses in Ukraine passed the grim milestone of 500,000 on May 25. The figure could not be independently verified.

OTHER NEWS

20 minutes ago

Adam Thomas addresses long-awaited Emmerdale return: 'I need to get back'

20 minutes ago

Variety's ‘Actors on Actors' Reaches 97 Million Social Media Views, Becoming Most-Watched Emmys Lineup Ever

20 minutes ago

Violent Mustang Challenge Crash Leads to Major Rollover at Watkins Glen

20 minutes ago

Emma Stone Steps Out in Satin Sandal Heels at ‘Kinds of Kindness' Premiere in Los Angeles with Husband Dave McCary

20 minutes ago

Movie review: 'The Bikeriders' a snapshot of memorable motorcycle era

24 minutes ago

Adam Peaty opens up on his approach to life ahead of Paris Olympics

24 minutes ago

Ex-Trump White House Attorney Hits Docs Case Judge With Ultra 'Petty' Description

24 minutes ago

Megan Thee Stallion Shares ‘Megan' Track List With Victoria Monét, UGK Collabs

24 minutes ago

Celeb endorsed ring could help detect if you have diabetes or Covid

24 minutes ago

Jared Staal's Playing Career Wasn't Like His NHL Brothers, But He's Ahead As a Coach in Savannah

24 minutes ago

NHL Rumor Roundup: June 21, 2024

24 minutes ago

Ant Anstead Shares Look Inside Barn of 500-Year-Old Farmhouse He Just Purchased in Rural England (Exclusive)

25 minutes ago

Caeleb Dressel wins 50 free at Olympic Trials. At 27, he is America's fastest swimmer

27 minutes ago

Ontario faces a stormy weekend, flooding risk with heavy rains

27 minutes ago

‘Inside Out 2': After a Week, It's Just Shy of ‘Barbie' and Ahead of ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie'

27 minutes ago

Edie Campbell: ‘I lived in London for 30 years — now I find it too busy and scary’

27 minutes ago

Alpine appoint Briatore in bid to reverse fortunes

27 minutes ago

Doctor Who, finale review: Ncuti finds his oomph at last, but Russell T Davies has work to do

27 minutes ago

Robinsons and J20 maker Britvic rejects £3.1bn takeover bid from Carlsberg

27 minutes ago

Thompson into Queens semi-final

27 minutes ago

South Africa continue unbeaten run in T20 World Cup with tense win over England

27 minutes ago

Blitzboks begin Olympic qualifying tournament with eight-try win over Mexico

27 minutes ago

'May they all come home': Son of Israeli Judoka Oren Smadga killed in Gaza after father's birthday

27 minutes ago

What new TAB boss Gillon McLachlan really said – straight from the horse’s mouth

27 minutes ago

Alex Trebek Will Be Honored With ‘Jeopardy!' Postal Stamps

27 minutes ago

Video: Royal Ascot best dressed! From Zara Tindall to Elizabeth Hurley, all the most fabulous frocks and fascinators

27 minutes ago

Video: How Kate Middleton's flair for photography gave the Royal Family some of their most heartwarming portraits - and they're a far cry from the formal pictures once released by King Charles and Princess Diana

29 minutes ago

US have lofty ambitions at Copa America but won't overlook Bolivia in opener

29 minutes ago

Lockheed Martin subsidiaries reach $70 million settlement for claims they overcharged Navy for parts

29 minutes ago

Lindsey Vonn goes sailing with Team USA and joins grinder Anna Weis on the winches

32 minutes ago

Gavin Newsom Scores Tax Win in California

32 minutes ago

Bucking bull owners spend months caring for and training their bovines but few of them ever reach the rodeo arena

32 minutes ago

Sunak is dubbed ‘poundshop Farage’ during bruising LBC radio call-in

32 minutes ago

How “The Bikeriders” compares to the true story of the Chicago motorcycle club it was based on

32 minutes ago

Farage: NATO expansion 'provoked' Ukraine war

32 minutes ago

Man stabbed to death in NYC subway station during evening rush: NYPD

32 minutes ago

Rob Burrow's tearful dad, Geoff, shares emotional memories of his son in touching tribute before Leeds Rhinos' game against Leigh - after rugby legend's death aged 41

32 minutes ago

Juventus 'could offer Italy star to Man United in part-exchange for Jadon Sancho or Mason Greenwood' after agreeing similar swap deal for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz

32 minutes ago

England's T20 World Cup semi-final hopes hang in the balance after agonising defeat by South Africa...with Jos Buttler's side needing victory over USA on Sunday for a chance of making the last four

36 minutes ago

Donna Langley Preaches The Power Of Optimism & Meeting Consumers Where They Really Are To Ken Ziffren & UCLA