At least 1,300 Ukrainian troops have been killed in attacks by Russian forces. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made the announcement on Saturday. He says Russian troops are surrendering after the war broke out. Also on Friday, 500-600 Russian troops surrendered. News from BBC and Al-Jazeera.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on Ukraine on February 24. Since then, Russian troops have been attacking key installations across Ukraine, including military bases. In response, Ukrainian forces are building resistance.
U.S. intelligence officials say Russian President Vladimir Putin planned to seize the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, within two days. According to them, the Ukrainian forces have been able to slow down the advance of the Russian army through various tactics, including resistance.
Russia’s military is killing members of the Ukrainian army as well as civilians. At least 1,546 civilians have been killed in Ukraine so far, according to the United Nations. 584 of them lost their lives. The United Nations says the death toll could rise further.
Russia, meanwhile, has been embroiled in a series of sanctions over its military operations in Ukraine. Russia has surpassed all other countries in the world in terms of international sanctions. In the 13 days since the attack, 2,008 sanctions have been imposed on Russia. Earlier, 2,854 sanctions were imposed against the country. With this, the number of sanctions against Russia has exceeded five and a half thousand.
Strict sanctions have been imposed on various Russian banks, including President Putin and his close associates. Initiatives have been taken to exclude some of the country’s banks from the international financial transaction system Swift. Russia’s airspace has been suspended in most European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.