Russia To Reduce Military Activities After Heavy Losses


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – said Tuesday it would reduce its activities, including around ’s capital Kyiv after suffering heavy battlefield losses.

Russia’s deputy defense minister Alexander Fomin explained that Moscow would “radically reduce” military activities outside Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv.

His comments quoted by Russian news agency Tass came after the military alliance said Russian troops suffered at least 7,000-15,000 deaths in four weeks of fighting. Military experts point out that by way of comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 soldiers over ten years in .

And even on the side of the estimate, more than 7,000 Russian troop deaths are more than the number of American soldiers killed over 20 years in and Afghanistan combined.

The reported announcement to reduce Russia’s military presence around key cities also came as another round of Russian-Ukrainian were underway in .

However, there are signs that Russia will focus its attention on eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists already control the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

British military intelligence says Moscow will send more than 1,000 mercenaries into eastern Ukraine as the Russian military suffered heavy losses.

A senior U.S. security source told Worthy News separately that Russia’s private military company, the Wagner group, had already deployed to eastern Ukraine. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to discuss sensitive issues openly.

That was to add to the suffering of people living there. In the devastated southeastern city of Mariupol, for instance, the mayor says as many as 160,000 residents remain trapped.

Nearly 5,000 people, including about 210 children, were reportedly killed in Mariupol amid relentless Russian attacks.

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