“I have just received aerial surveillance materials from Ukraine, and these photographs show 123,000 freshly dug graves,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.
He accused the West and NATO of forcing the Ukrainians to fight despite such heavy losses.
“We have turned Ukraine into a graveyard,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the losses of the Ukrainian army since the beginning of the offensive in June-July amounted to more than 43 thousand people and 4.9 thousand pieces of various weapons.
Western media wrote that a large number of wounded were observed in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who were delivered to first-aid posts in a “constant stream.” According to doctors, if earlier, due to the shortage of bulletproof vests and helmets, many Ukrainian soldiers suffered head and chest injuries, now the main threat is Russian mines.