Ukraine war: 80% of troops killed or injured in elite military unit, says commander - and its future is unclear

6/25/2022 6:41:00 PM

Speaking to Sky News near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk, the company commander says a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost.

Marine commander Oleksandr is fighting on the frontline in the Donbas region of Ukraine. He says 80% of his unit have now been killed or wounded - but that the Russians have also suffered losses. Full story from Sky's sparkomat:

Speaking to Sky News near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk, the company commander says a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost.

Speaking near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk, company commander Oleksandr said a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost."I don't even know how to answer this question," Oleksandr says.

Oleksandr says a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost"It's rare that we just sit here," he says.Image:Next to the burnt-out carcasses of one armoured personnel carrier, he pointed to the shallow graves of two Russian service personnel.

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sparkomat The rainbow flag and cocaine will not save the United Kingdom.- sparkomat Watch sparkomat's full report from the Donbas region of Ukraine, as one commander of an elite unit of marines says 80% of his troops have been killed or injured They fought bravely. The western media made it out that it was just Russia losing heavy numbers but that was never going to happen against one of the powerful military powers.

This what I think will happen at the G7 summit 'nothing'. Because (1) the fight in Ukraine will go on even if we sent more weapons into the fight Russia will win or we enter WW3 or full nuclear annihilation. (2) sanction is crippling us faster than Russia so we will bow out. 1/ RussianUkrainianWar would have ended by now if not for western world (US led) who keep on thwarting any negotiations. In order to hurt Russia they are pushing Ukranians into meat grinder.

The world is watching and allowing it to happen. History will not be kind to this era. Victims of US led aggression 减少伤亡就是胜利,不能让优秀的乌克兰人死在不值一个卢布的暴徒手里。 Russia will take back former Soviet Russian ethnic speaking areas and partition the country to provide a buffer from NATO. Narrative collapse in full swing. The UKR army best gone, years in training, all for nothing since Johnson scuppered peace talks in Istanbul & now Russia has no reason for peace. 9 ' a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost.'

One big family 🙄🙄👇👇

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Truth is stubborn, we were told by one of the UK's top army officers that Russia had strategelly lost the war. It is not a war. It's a special operation. NATO lost. The eagle and its chicks can not against the great Russian bear. These three know that this is so.-

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By John Sparks, Sky correspondent, in the Donbas, Ukraine Saturday 25 June 2022 16:34, UK Why you can trust Sky News A commander of an elite unit of Ukrainian marines has told Sky News the majority of his best trained troops have been injured or killed.A RUSSIAN military plane has crashed in the west of the country killing four people.Live reporting by Emily Mee 15:04:39 Eurovision winners thank Boris Johnson for support in hosting song contest Ukrainian Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra have expressed hope their country will be able to host next year's event after organisers ruled it out.Open Privacy Options UK Defence Intelligence said Gen Dvornikov had probably for a time been acting as over-all operational commander in Ukraine.

Speaking near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk, company commander Oleksandr said a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost. "My unit was 100% made up of professional soldiers who have a lot of experience. 3 A Russian military aircraft has crashed in the west of the country Credit: East2West The plane burst into flames in mid-air before crash-landing in a field Credit: East2West A crowd of onlookers watched the aftermath of the fiery crash Credit: East2West Moscow . Now, 80% are incapacitated from serious injuries or death," he says. But with the competition expected to be held in the UK instead, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he believed Ukraine should host. In comments which will alarm those backing in its four-month long war with Russia, he says he does not know how long his unit can sustain such losses. Dramatic video shows the burning plane plummeting to earth as a blazing fireball. "I don't even know how to answer this question," Oleksandr says. Meanwhile, a Russian strike on a military base in Yavoriv, in western Ukraine, wounded four people, Lviv governor Maxim Kozitsky said in a video post on Saturday.

Advertisement "It's hard. READ MORE ON RUSSIA & UKRAINE. Maybe Ukraine will be invited [to host Eurovision]. It's hard but we have no choice." Image: Oleksandr says a core of experienced soldiers who had been fighting together since 2018 have been lost Citing the number of people who have lost their lives in the defence of Severodonetsk, the governor of Luhansk, Sergey Haidai, says Ukrainians would begin to withdraw from the devastated city amid continuous Russian air and ground assaults. Commander Oleksandr says the loss of battle-hardened troops has taken an emotional toll on his unit where members viewed each other as"one big family". The threat is a reference to Russia's hopes for a full-blown occupation of Ukraine - or at the very least, its eastern Donbas region. He now shoulders the responsibility of readying new recruits for battle.

"It's rare that we just sit here," he says. "As a rule, we are always doing shooting practice, tactical training, medicine, engineering practice. 13:58:27 Emotional video shows child being reunited with her mother A young girl is seen running toward her mother during an emotional reunion that was captured in a TikTok video. "During active combat we have a lot of wounded and dead so new people replace them and new people are less prepared. "We have to train constantly for my unit to be well prepared." Image: There has been fierce fighting during the four month-long war Commander Oleksandr claims Russian combat losses are even higher, taking Sky News to the site of major battle near the town of Avdiivka to make his point. 13:51:35 While we've got you.

He says his unit repulsed repeated attempts by Russian armoured columns to break through Ukrainian lines, destroying 19 vehicles, and killing dozens of enemy soldiers. Next to the burnt-out carcasses of one armoured personnel carrier, he pointed to the shallow graves of two Russian service personnel. Russia has 'no interest' in removing corpses When asked how many bodies were still lying in these fields, the commander says it is difficult to estimate. If you enjoy reading our liveblogs, Politics Hub and Q&As, do think about downloading our free app available for both iOS and Android. "I can't say exactly," he says. "In this part, around 40 people, approximately.

. The economic consequences of the war on the rest of Europe has led to fears that support for Ukraine could cool amid the cost of living crisis.. and on that side, where our artillery was firing, around 150 to 200 people." Image: Sky News spoke to a Ukrainian military unit near the frontline, south of the city of Severodonetsk He says these corpses remain because the Russians show no interest in removing them.. "Some of them are buried because their commanders didn't want to take them," he adds.

"They didn't want to collect them so we've had to deal with it ourselves." Commander Oleksandr's views on Russian casualties are supported by Western officials who question how long the Russians can continue their offensive amidst high losses and modest battlefield gains. The UK has been one of Ukraine's strongest supporters during the conflict, and Mr Johnson is a popular figure there - despite a more difficult relationship with the public at home. Quoting casualty figures published last week by the Donetsk People's Republic, a self-declared autonomous region in Ukraine backed by Russia, the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) estimates that the territory has lost 55% of its total force to death or injury. The number of deaths in the Russian military is a highly sensitive secret, although it admitted to the deaths of 1,351 in March. An analysis by the MoD in April put the Russian death toll at around 15,000. 12:21:49 Ukrainian troops have 'almost left' Severodonetsk After it was announced Ukrainian soldiers would leave Severodonetsk yesterday, the city's mayor has now said troops have"almost left".

NATO officials estimate that up to 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, injured, captured or gone missing in the first month of the war. Heavy losses have triggered a"virtual mobilisation" in Russia itself as recruitment offices use a wide variety of techniques to find new soldiers. In the war-ravaged farmland south of Severodonetsk, Commander Oleksandr thinks the price paid by Russia in terms of personnel and equipment explains why their generals have changed their tactics and focused their operations. 12:03:04 Is Russia stealing Ukrainian grain? A Sky News forensics investigation looks into whether Russia is moving grain out of Ukraine on a large scale. "They have concentrated all forces only in a small number of places now; Avdiivka, Severodonetsk, Kherson Region," he says. "In general, we shouldn't give them the opportunity to hold territory in valuable positions.

We need to hit them in the places where they don't have so many forces.." 'I just feel I need to sleep for a few weeks, sleep watching Netflix' Image: Iryna Tsybuh is the leader of a medical crew with the Ukraine military A volunteer combat medic since 2015, Iryna Tsybuh says she has never been more tired than she is now. Iryna is the leader of the medical crew of Ukraine's 5th Hospitalier Brigade. From their base near the Donbas frontline she prefers to speak out of earshot of the other medics. Lysychansk and its neighbouring city Severodonetsk were hit with artillery fire and airstrikes this morning. "I am really exhausted and I just feel I need to sleep for a few weeks, sleep watching Netflix, eating fast food, hug my mum," she says.

She and her colleagues collect wounded soldiers from frontline positions and provide lifesaving first aid. It's gruelling work. Military analyst Oleg Zhdanov said some of those soldiers were now heading for Lysychansk. In the previous few days she said they've rescued 22 men - two had died. Some of her crew are clearly very young. The youngest is just 22 years old. Ukraine's largest LGBTQ rights event, KyivPride, is unable to go ahead in the Ukrainian capital but it will instead lead Poland's Equality Parade in Warsaw.

These combat medics treat Ukraine's elite forces,"guys who know how to do this war, how to win". The numbers of dead and injured worry her. Iryna says there are plenty of Ukrainians willing to take their place but they lack the skills. "It is not a celebration. "They are not professional," she says."They don't know what to do and they are really very scared.

" Before the war Iryna worked as a media trainer doing occasional rotations on the frontline. Although Ukraine has some way to go itself, with same-sex partnerships still unrecognised, Russia has an even harder line and in 2013 banned the depiction of homosexuality to minors. Since February 24, she's dedicated her life to care for wounded soldiers. "I hate war," she says."I would never be here… Russia started this war, so what do we do, this is part of our country that we have to fight for. I don't see another way.

" 'It's very hard to lose people because we were one big family' Image: Commander Oleksandr Standing on the steps of simple wooden farmhouse near the frontline, Commander Oleksandr lists the number of soldiers he has lost over the past couple of months. "Well, 26 dead," he says."I think 40 have been injured, dozens of them seriously. That's what it is like here." The most difficult period, he says, came in the early Spring.

Positioned near the town of Avdiivka, his unit was"badly overstretched" as the Russians repeatedly tried to break through his lines. He says:"At the beginning of this invasion we lost the majority of our people and machinery because our battalion was over-stretched across several villages... the distances were so long it was difficult to hold them.

" This onslaught would also bring dramatic changes to Oleksandr's own job. A deputy commander at the time, he was thrust into the leadership role but when his superior was blown up by a mine. His men were considered to be members of the elite - highly trained professionals who had been fighting as a unit since 2018. He says:"During the years of serving together we became best friends..

. it's very hard to lose people because we were one big family." Everything is different now and the realities of this war means that Oleksandr never has time to rest. If they are not fighting on the front, he says he has to train his soldiers as many are new and inexperienced. "We won't just sit on our butts because [the Russians] will increase their offensive.

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