Putin’s soldiers lay in miles of mass graves in chilling footage posted online

A video emerging from Ukraine’s contested Luhansk region appears to show hundreds of graves of Russian soldiers lining a roadside.

The unconfirmed footage, uploaded to Belarusian media outlet NEXTA's Twitter feed, was taken from a Ukrainian army vehicle.

It shows a seemingly endless line of graves along the road to Luhansk, with the sarcastic caption "Putin liberated #Luhansk from the invaders” below it.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that the truth about Russia's losses in Ukraine is being "hidden from Russian society."

Independently verified figures of Russian losses are hard to come by however.

A statement from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces of claims that the Russian Armed Forces have lost an estimated 75,930 military personnel, 2,765 tanks and 1,781 artillery systems as of Sunday (November 6).

US and UK official sources are more or less in line with that figure, with the Ukrainian losses estimated at closer to 10,000.

As many as 30,000 Ukrainian civilians may have been killed by Russian aircraft and artillery attacks.

Russian army losses, as well as the dead and wounded, include a significant number of desertions.

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Thousands of Russian troops, many of them unwilling conscripts, have abandoned their equipment and simply walked out of the war zone – with some even joining the Ukrainian army.

One Russian unit had reportedly been abandoned on the front line by its commanders.

A source told the Daily Mail: "For several days they hid from shelling, some were seriously wounded, others were killed. Our men ran out of provisions and water, there was no ammunition.

"They ate what they could find, and drank from a puddle. Nothing was brought to them, they were simply sent to their deaths."

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Even the Russian troops still actively involved in the fight seem to be making little progress.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in one of his regular updates: "The most fierce fighting throughout this week has been concentrated in Donbas near the cities of Bakhmut and Soledar. We are holding our positions.

"On these and some other fronts in the Donetsk region, the Russian army has lost so many lives of its citizens and so much ammunition that it probably surpasses the losses in the First and Second Chechen Wars combined.

"But," he added, "the real level of the losses of Russia is being hidden from Russian society."


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