Despite The Losses, Russian Troops Still Have Equipment To Launch Additional Attacks, Ukrainian President Said

Despite The Losses, Russian Troops Still Have Equipment To Launch Additional Attacks, Ukrainian President Said

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1 hr 16 min agoUkrainian army has destroyed more than 1,000 Russian tanks, Zelensky saysFrom CNN’s Hira Humayun and Masha Angelova

A destroyed Russian tank on a road in the Kyiv region on April 16. Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty ImagesUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Ukrainian army has already destroyed more than 1,000 Russian tanks, nearly 200 Russian aircraft, and almost 2,500 armored fighting vehicles.

Despite these losses, Russian troops still have equipment to launch additional attacks, Zelensky said.

Of course, the occupiers still have equipment in stock. Yes, they still have missiles to strike at our territory,” he added. “But this war has already weakened Russia so much that they have to plan (to have) even fewer military equipment for the parade in Moscow.”

On May 9, Russia plans to hold its traditional Victory Day parade in Red Square, commemorating the German surrender to the Soviet Union in the Second World War.

The Ukrainian President also said Russia has already lost more than 23,000 soldiers since the invasion began. CNN cannot independently verify this claim. 

Russia has sporadically released casualty figures that are low and which observers deem to be a massive underestimate. Two days prior to Russia’s update, two senior NATO military officials estimated the number of Russian soldiers killed in action in Ukraine to be between 7,000 and 15,000. Around the same time, other US officials had put Russian losses in a similar range — between 7,000 and 14,000 Russian soldiers killed — but they expressed “low confidence” in those estimates.

Earlier in the month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov briefly admitted Russia had suffered “significant” losses of its troops in Ukraine, calling the losses “a huge tragedy” for the country in an interview with Sky News. 

1 hr 16 min agoAngelina Jolie speaks with refugees at boarding school and medical institution in LvivFrom CNN’s Hande Atay Alam and Radina Gigova

Angelina Jolie with kids in Lviv, Ukraine, on April 30.Actress Angelina Jolie, who is also a United Nations special envoy for refugees, visited a boarding school and medical institution in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, according to Maksym Kozytskyy, the head of Lviv’s regional military administration.

“In one of the medical institutions, she has visited children who suffered from a missile strike by the Russian military on the Kramatorsk train station. She was very moved by their stories. One girl was even able to tell Ms. Jolie about her dream privately,” according to Kozytskyy.

When visiting a boarding school in the region, “she promised to come again,” he said.

“She also took the time to talk to our volunteers who provide medical and psychological assistance at the Main Railway Station in Lviv. She thanked them for their work,” he said. “She talked to people who managed to leave the zones of active hostilities.””This visit was a surprise for all of us,” Kozytskyy added.

UNHCR’s Head of Global Communications Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams told CNN Saturday that “Angelina Jolie is traveling to the region in her personal capacity and UNHCR has no involvement in this visit.” 

Earlier on Saturday, Jolie was photographed visiting a coffee shop in Lviv. CNN has reached out to Jolie’s representatives for comment. 

1 hr 17 min agoUkrainian commander inside Mariupol steel plant says evacuations of civilians have begun From CNN’s Julia Kesaieva and Tim Lister

A satellite image shows an overview of the Azovstal steel plant, the last Ukrainian military holdout which is also serving as a civilian shelter in Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 29. (Maxar Technologies/Reuters)Some civilians have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol after a ceasefire was introduced, according to a commander in the Azov Regiment, one of the Ukrainian soldiers trapped at the plant.

Capt. Svyatoslav Palamar, the deputy commander of the Azov Regiment, said the ceasefire, which was supposed to begin at 6 a.m. local time, ended up starting at 11 a.m. local time.

“As of now, it’s the

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