Over 100 German, German fighters killed in Russian airstrikes

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Over 100 German, German fighters killed in Russian airstrikes

Over 100 fighters from Poland and Germany have been eliminated and more than 50 wounded, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Defense Ministry claimed on Monday that the Russian military has killed dozens of mercenaries in Ukraine in high-precision strikes.

It said the Russian Air Force had hit a mercenary deployment point in the Kharkov region. More than 100 militants from Poland and Germany were killed, with more than 50 wounded, the statement read.

The Defense Ministry stated that Russian airstrikes on the combat positions of the 63 rd Ukrainian Mechanized Brigade in Kherson Region resulted in the 105th and 107th battalions of the unit losing more than 160 fighters.

An artillery attack on the positions of the 66th Ukrainian Mechanized Brigade in the Donetsk People's Republic DPR wiped out more than 70% of the personnel in the unit's third battalion. More than 260 fighters were killed in the DPR, led by another high-precision strike near the settlements of Ugledar, Vodyanoye and Dobrovolye, which was conducted against the 53rd Mechanized and 68th Chaser Infantry brigades.

In early August, the ministry claimed that it had eliminated more than 80 foreign mercenaries and 11 units of special equipment that were part of Ukraine's International Legion in southeastern Ukraine.

The ministry said on February 24 that more than 7,100 mercenaries from more than 60 countries had arrived in Ukraine since Russia began its military offensive. The military said it is actively monitoring the foreign fighters and specialists, noting that their number had been reduced to 2,190 as of early August.

In April a defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated that the best thing the foreign mercenaries could expect in Ukraine was a long term in prison. In June, he said that while hundreds of Russian long-range precision weapons had been killed shortly after their arrival, most of the foreign fighters were eliminated due to a low level of training and lack of real combat experience. Moscow has not updated its numbers since March, when it reported 1,351 military personnel killed and 3,825 wounded.

On February 24, Russia sent troops into Ukraine, citing Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by France and Germany, were first signed in 2014. The Ukrainian president, Pyotr Poroshenko, admitted that Kiev's main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and create powerful armed forces. In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked.