Zelensky Says 31,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed Since Russia Invaded Two Years Ago

LVIV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 11: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi during a press conference following the tripartite meeting on January 11, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky met with Polish president Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nauseda in Lviv. The meeting took place in the Pototsky Palace, where Zelenskyi, Duda and Nauseda signed a joint statement of the presidents of the Lublin triangle. During the visit, Duda said that Ukraine would receive a company of German Leopard tanks from Poland. (Photo by Stanislav Ivanov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died in the two years since Russia invaded the country.

“31,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed in this war,” Zelensky told the Associated Press. “Not 300,000, not 150,000, not whatever Putin and his deceitful circle have been lying about. But nevertheless, each of these losses is a great sacrifice for us.”

Zelensky said he would not state the number of Ukrainian soldiers who were wounded or missing, but he said that “tens of thousands of civilians” had been killed in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine although the figures will remain unclear until after the war.

“We don’t know how many of our civilians they killed,” he said. “We don’t.”

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said last week that Russia suffered more than 400,000 casualties since the start of the war. The Kremlin rarely provides casualty figures, so it is difficult to check the claims.