Ukrainian commander says 80 per cent of his elite Marine unit was killed or wounded in fighting in Donbas – Yahoo News

Ukrainian soldier on the front lines of the fight against Russian forces.

Ukrainian soldier in cover during heavy fighting on the battlefield in Severodonetsk, Lugansk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 8, 2022.Oleksandr Ratushniak / Associated Press

  • He is the Ukrainian military commander he told Sky News that 80% of his original soldiers were killed or wounded.

  • This elite unit, hardened in combat, has been fighting together since 2018, he he told Sky News.

  • If he could endure those losses for long, he said, “It’s hard, but we have no choice.”

He is the Ukrainian military commander he told Sky News that 80% of the soldiers were killed or wounded in his elite Marine unit.

Commander Oleksandr told a newspaper page that his unit was “100% made up of professional soldiers who have a lot of experience. Now 80% are incapacitated from severe injuries or death.”

He told Sky News that his team has been fighting together since 2018.

Alexander was speaking near the city Severodonetsk where a bloody battle between Russian and Ukrainian forces lasted for several weeks.

The city was now occupied by Russian forces.

A man rides a bicycle among the ruins to Lisichansk, near Severodonetsk, on June 21, 2022.

A man rides a bicycle among the ruins to Lisichansk, near Severodonetsk, on June 21, 2022.ANATOLIJ STEPANOV / AFP via Getty Images

Asked if he was able to withstand those losses for long, he said, “It’s hard. It’s hard, but we have no choice.”

Zelenskyy recently sounded the alarm that Ukraine is losing up to 100 soldiers a day.

Russia is also reportedly losing large numbers of troops, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the invasion is losing its “swing forward.”

“Our defense intelligence believes, however, that Russia could reach a point in the next few months where there is no more momentum ahead because it has exhausted its resources,” he said.

Talking anonymously with Washington Posta senior Western official said “there will come a time when the little progress that Russia is making will become unsustainable in light of the costs and that they will need a significant break to regenerate capabilities.”

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