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MoD mocks 'embarrassing' Russian losses– but sends Black Sea alert as Putin readies armada

WorldMoD mocks 'embarrassing' Russian losses– but sends Black Sea alert as Putin readies armada

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) described the loss of two major vessels – the landing ship Saratov and cruiser Moskva – as “embarrassing”. But it warned that the fleet is still able to “strike Ukrainian and coastal targets”. It also claimed that around 20 Russian ships, including submarines, are stationed in the Black Sea operational zone.

Russia has taken a high number of losses in the fighting so far.

Around 15,000 Russian troops are thought to have been killed, according to UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

Ukraine’s estimate is higher, putting Russian casualties at up to 21,900 troops.

But on March 25, Russia itself reported just 1,351 deaths.

Mr Wallace said that 2,000 Russian armoured vehicles had been destroyed or captured, including 530 tanks and more than 60 Russian helicopters and fighter jets had been lost.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Putin’s 36th colonel has also been killed during the invasion – Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Yevseev.

Lt-Col Yevseev was a commander of the 291st Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Around eight generals are also thought to have died.

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The UK, along with Western allies, has been supplying Ukraine with weapons in order to support its resistance against Russia.

The West has also imposed harsh sanctions on Putin’s regime, leaving up to £275bn worth of Russian assets frozen, according to the UK Government.

This is equivalent to 60 percent of Russian foreign currency reserves.

The Government said that Russia is “heading for the deepest recession since the collapse of the Soviet Union” as a result of the sanctions.

Western allies are also phasing out imports of Russian energy.

But yesterday, Russia hit back by cutting off energy supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after the two countries refused to pay in rubles.

Mr Zelensky dismissed the move as “blackmail”, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it showed Russia was an “unreliable” energy partner.

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