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Between 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have died in war: Zelenskiy
A Ukrainian serviceman carries an anti-tank weapon during an exercise in the Donetsk region, Eastern Ukraine on April 5, 2022.

RUSSIA,UKRAINE: Russia has formally warned the US and other allied nations against supplying weapons to Ukraine.

The warning came in a formal diplomatic note from Moscow, a copy of which has been reviewed by media outlets in the US, BBC reported.

The two-page diplomatic note – forwarded to the US State Department by the Russian embassy in Washington – warns that US and NATO weapons shipments are “adding fuel” to the conflict in Ukraine, and could lead to what Russian diplomats refer to as “unpredictable consequences”, BBC reported. It was sent on Tuesday, just as word of a new US military aid package for Ukraine had started to leak out. Only hours later President Biden approved the shipment of $800m of military assistance – including, for the first time, long range artillery weapons such as howitzers – with the aim of matching Russia’s military capability in Ukraine.

A senior US administration official was quoted as saying the warning could be seen as a concession by Russia that US and NATO military assistance to Ukraine was proving effective. A senior U.S. defense official told reporters this week that the U.S. has been getting defensive aid to Ukraine at “unprecedented speeds” and noted that it takes just one week from the time Biden signs off on an aid package to when it gets into Ukrainian hands.

Since the war began, the US has supplied more than $3bn in military assistance to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told CNN that between 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have died so far in the war with Russia and another 10,000 have been injured.

He told CNN on Friday 19,000 to 20,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the war. Moscow said last month that 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed and 3,825 wounded.



Monday, April 18, 2022 – 01:00

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