In his latest nightly address, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed Russia's losses in Ukraine were higher than in the wars in Syria, Chechnya and Afghanistan, APA reports citing BBC.
Addressing Russians in Russian, Zelensky said: "Russian troops suffer such losses in Ukraine, which were inflicted neither in Syria, nor in Chechnya. Neither did the Soviet troops suffer such losses in Afghanistan."
It's unlikely the message will have been heard by many in Russia, where information about the war is being tightly controlled.
How Zelensky arrived at this projection is unclear.
US intelligence estimates that more than 7,000 Russian troops have died during the invasion of Ukraine.