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Ukraine Commander In Chief Praises Anti-Tank Gunners As Russia Passes 2,000 Mark Of Tanks Lost

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”.

Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has praised the country’s anti-tank gunners, with the Ukrainian military saying today that Russia has now lost over 2,000 tanks since the beginning of its invasion.

The Ukrainian military said, on Friday, September 2, that Russia has lost approximately 2,009 tanks, 12 more than the previous day.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 49, a four-star general serving as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since July 27, 2021, said on Tuesday, August 30, ahead of the milestone: “Our anti-tankers are masters of their craft! I am proud of each of you – professional, patriotic, conscious, positive warriors! You are the best!”

The images, also obtained from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on August 30, show Ukrainian anti-tank gunners in action on the frontlines taking out Russian tanks.

Zenger News contacted the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Friday marks the 191st day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and September 2, Russia had lost about 48,700 personnel, 2,009 tanks, 4,366 armored combat vehicles, 1,126 artillery units, 289 multiple launch rocket systems, 153 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 205 helicopters, 853 drones, 198 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,247 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 105 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Destroyed Russian tanks stand in a field area in Ukraine in undated photo. Ukraine Commander In Chief praises anti-tank gunners of the 80th air assault brigade of Ukrainian Air Assault Forces for their professionalism and patriotic spirit. (@CinCAFU/Zenger)

A team of experts from the United Nations’ nuclear energy agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has arrived at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, with its head, Rafael Grossi, saying: “We are not going anywhere. The IAEA is now there, it is at the plant and it is not moving – it’s going to stay there.”

Grossi added: “It is obvious that the plant and physical integrity of the plant has been violated several times.” He also said: “I worried, I worry and I will continue to be worried about the plant until we have a situation which is more stable, which is more predictable.”

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned Moldova that any actions that could be seen as endangering Russian troops in the Transnistria breakaway region, which lies on Ukraine’s south-western border, would be considered an attack on Russia.

Destroyed hatch with barrel of Russian tank lays on ground in a field area in Ukraine in undated photo. Ukraine Commander In Chief praises anti-tank gunners of the 80th air assault brigade of Ukrainian Air Assault Forces for their professionalism and patriotic spirit.  (@CinCAFU/Zenger)

Lavrov said: “Everyone should understand that any action that would threaten the security of our troops would be considered under international law as an attack on Russia.”

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is reportedly investigating allegations that two unnamed senior civil servants might have been spying for Moscow.

The international NGO Human Rights Watch has said that Russian forces have been forcibly transferring Ukrainian citizens to Russia or to parts of Ukraine that they currently occupy, calling the moves “a serious violation of the laws of war that constitute war crimes and potential crimes against humanity”.

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