This Wednesday, November 30, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a speech that 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers had died. Since the beginning of the war with Russia, as well as 20,000 civilians. Challenging numbers and it looks wrong. In fact, the part in question from his speech was removed from the text published on the European Commission’s website. The video of the speech was also changed to an unnumbered one. A short time later, company spokeswoman Diana Spinant clarified that the figure was in addition to soldiers who were wounded and killed.
These assessments caused a strong reaction in Ukraine. In fact, most of the Russian media took this data and at the same time exposed it as evidence of Ukraine’s defeat in the conflict. “We cannot confirm this number”. Ukrainian military said. “We asked the European Commission where Ursula van der Leyen got this information.“, responded the President’s spokesperson for his part.
Keep in mind that it is difficult to get accurate statistics on the number of people who died during the war. In fact, considering this information to be sensitive, Russia and Ukraine are reluctant to communicate on the matter. Only the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Defense Minister or the President are empowered to speak on the matter.
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