Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Ukraine Anger Over Von Der Leyen’s Unverified ‘100,000 Dead Soldiers’ Claim

By Brendan Cole, Newsweek

Ukraine has hit back at a claim by the European Commission’s president that 100,000 of Kyiv’s troops have been killed since Russia’s invasion in February

Ursula von der Leyen used the number in a video address, prompting Kyiv’s armed forces to state that the death toll was “classified information.” Footage of her speech has since been edited to cut the reference.

In Russia, the state-owned news agency Tass was among the media outlets to seize on the high figure and to say the European Commission had “removed information about 100,000 dead Ukrainian servicemen.”

Von der Leyen’s statement described how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had brought “devastation and unspeakable suffering.” She said her organization, which is the executive branch of the European Union, would work with the International Criminal Court and set up a special court to make Russia “pay for its horrific crimes.”


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