Ukrainian troops sit on an armoured vehicle as they move back from the front line near the city of Sloviansk in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 1, 2022.
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- Ukraine is losing up to 200 troops a day, according to a Zelenskyy aide. This is more than double previous estimates. Two Britons and a Moroccan national captured fighting Russian forces in Ukraine were sentenced to death Thursday.Fierce street fighting is continuing in Sievierodonetsk, with the eastern Ukrainian city being hammered by Russian bombs. Some 10,000 civilians are trapped in the city and cannot be evacuated, says its mayor. No agreement on exporting much-needed Ukrainian grain has been reached. Both Ukraine and Russia blame one another for the impasse. Putin has compared himself to Tsar Peter the Great, paralleling their quests to capture land for Russia. Nearly 5 million Ukrainians have registered as refugees since the Russian invasion, leading the UNHCR to call the Ukraine war ‘one of the largest human displacement crises in the world.’
Russia may earn more from fossil fuels than before invasion – US official
Russia may currently be getting more revenue from its fossil fuel sales than before its invasion of Ukraine, claimed one United States (US) official.
Increases in global oil and gas prices have offset the impact of important bans, US energy security envoy, Amos Hochstein, said during a senate hearing.
Russia has been able to sell more to other buyers, including major energy consumers China and India, by offering it at a discount to oil from other origins, he said.
Russia is the third-largest oil producer after the US and Saudi Arabia.
It is the world’s largest exporter of oil and petroleum products, data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows.
Ukraine losing up to 200 troops a day – Zelenskyy aide
Between 100 and 200 Ukrainian troops are being killed on the front line every day, according to a senior Ukrainian presidential aide.
Speaking to the BBC, Mykhaylo Podolyak said “Russian forces have thrown pretty much everything non-nuclear at the front and that includes heavy artillery, multiple rocket launch systems and aviation.”
Ukrainian troops are currently under savage bombardment as Russian forces attempt to take capture the Donbas region in the east of the country.
Podolyak’s suggestion that up to 200 Ukrainian soldiers are dying every 24 hours is more than double previous estimates.
On Thursday, Ukraine’s defence minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said Ukraine was losing 100 soldiers, with 500 more injured, each day.
These different figures reflect the difficulties of getting precise information from the battlefield.
Still, Reznikov claimed that a high number of Russian soldiers are also being killed, despite Ukraine’s mounting casualties.
“The Kremlin continues to press by sheer mass, stumbles, faces strong rebuffs and suffers huge casualties,” he said. “But yet still has forces to advance in some parts of the front.”
Luhansk regional governor Sergei Haidai said Russians were “dying like flies.”
Russia has kept its casualty figures close to its chest.
Official Russian Defence Ministry figures released on 25 March detailed that 1,351 Russian service members have been killed In Ukraine. Whereas Ukraine calculates around 30,000 Russian deaths.
Either claim cannot be independently verified.
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