So far, 17,300 Russian soldiers have been killed in military operations in Ukraine.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces made the announcement in a Facebook post on Monday (April 4th).

The Russian military has so far lost 146 aircraft, 134 helicopters, 747 tanks, 1,844 armored vehicles, 330 artillery systems, 107 rocket launch rocket systems and 54 anti-aircraft warfare systems.

Ukraine also claimed that Russian forces had lost 1,263 vehicles, seven ships and cutters, six fuel tanks and 92 drones.

Ukraine, a Western military alliance, applied for NATO membership a few years ago. Basically, this is where the conflict between Russia and Ukraine started. Although NATO did not grant full membership to Ukraine, the escalation of the conflict was exacerbated by its designation as an “ally”. Two months before the start of the war, Moscow had deployed about 200,000 troops on the Ukrainian border to put pressure on Ukraine to withdraw its application for NATO membership. But this strategy did not work, and on February 22, Russia recognized the two eastern territories of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, as independent states. Exactly two days later, on the 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a military operation in Ukraine. Russia’s armed forces then launched an offensive in Ukraine by land, air and sea. Source: Anadolu Agency