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A pro-Kremlin tabloid reports that nearly 10,000 Russians have been killed in Ukraine

A pro-Kremlin tabloid reports that nearly 10,000 Russians have been killed in Ukraine

Nearly 10,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the war in Ukraine – a pro-Kremlin tabloid reported on Monday – before the publication deleted the figure and claimed it had been hacked.

Putin-friendly newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, reported that 9,861 Russian soldiers have been killed and 16,153 wounded in Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on February 24. It is not clear whether the death toll is accurate.

The staggering numbers were much higher than any previous numbers Russia has released since the conflict began.

On March 2, Russia’s latest official death toll, the country said 498 of its soldiers were killed in action and 1,597 were wounded.

It is known that Komsomolskaya Pravda supports the leadership of the Russian president.
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The body of a dead Russian soldier in a field near Sitnyaki, Ukraine, Saturday, March 5, 2022.
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Later on Monday, Komsomolskaya Pravda removed the massive numbers from its website and issued a statement Claiming to have been hacked.

The original version of the article was still accessible in the online newspaper Archives.

Intelligence officials conservatively estimate that nearly 7,000 Russian soldiers have died in the war so far, according to The New York Times Report last week.

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The latest official death toll in Russia said 498 Russians were killed in action and 1,597 wounded.
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By comparison, there were 3,481 American soldiers killing At work in America’s war in Iraq.

Six senior Russian military officials were also killed, including four generals, according to Ukrainian officials.

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