Russia's military deaths surpass 36,000 amid major victory in Luhansk region
- Putin has lost 1,589 tanks, 3,754 armored combat vehicle, 3,754 armored combat vehicles
- It also lost 105 air defense systems, 217 aircraft, 658 operational-tactical UAVs
- Kyiv’s forces, meanwhile, took control of the the Luhansk region
Russia's military death toll in the ongoing war in Ukraine, which is now in its fifth month, has surpassed 36,000, Ukraine's armed forces said Monday. The news comes as Moscow claimed a major victory after taking control of the Luhansk region.
The general staff of the armed forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook that Vladimir Putin's war, which began on February 24, has claimed 36,200 military personnel. Putin has also lost 1,589 tanks, 3,754 armored combat vehicles, 804 artillery systems, 246 multiple rocket launchers, 105 air defense systems, 217 aircraft, 658 operational-tactical UAVs, 15 warships, 2,629 vehicles and tankers, and 187 helicopters, according to Ukraine's combat losses update.
The update from Ukraine comes as Russia rarely speaks out about its own military losses. The last release talking about losses from Moscow came on March 25, when a military general told state media that 1,351 soldiers were killed and 3,825 were wounded.
The UK government said in April that Russia lost about 15,000 troops at the time.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak told the BBC that each day between 100 and 200 Ukrainian troops are being killed in combat, amid a ramped up effort by Moscow to seize the Donbas in Ukraine's east.
Russia shifted its focus on the Donbas region after failing to capture the capital, Kyiv, in the early stages of the war. Meanwhile, Russian forces also withdrew from the strategically important Snake Island.
Kyiv’s forces, meanwhile, took control of the the Luhansk region. Russian forces on Sunday forced Ukrainian soldiers to withdraw from Lysychansk, the last key city under their control in the Luhansk region.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai on Monday said that Russian forces in Ukraine will now ramp up their offensive to capture all of the Donetsk region.
"In terms of the military, it is bad to leave positions, but there is nothing critical (in the loss of Lysychansk). We need to win the war, not the battle for Lysychansk," Haidai said. "It hurts a lot, but it's not losing the war."
Haidai said Russia's "goal number 1" now is to capture the Donetsk region.
"Sloviansk and Bakhmut will come under attack—Bakhmut has already started being shelled very hard," he said.
Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Chief Intelligence Directorate, separately told RBC-Ukraine that, "Once again I would like to reiterate that we were the ones who were the first to say what would happen and how it would happen. So I can tell you irrefutably that Russia's plans are the total annihilation of Ukraine, the absolute total annihilation."
"And [as for] any insinuations about whether Donbas might be enough for them, please don't even ask me questions like that. We will not trade territory."