Putin predicts Western countries will starve this winter if Ukraine loses war
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been nearing an end for over five months. Not from the beginning. Artillery fire has been directed dangerously close to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, a unit still operated by Ukrainian staff in an area seized by Russian forces. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling the site. The clashes near Zaporizhia are part of a wider fight as Ukraine seeks to regain some of the land it lost early on.
Moscow forces controlled much of the south and east of the country, but the Russians failed to achieve their most anticipated goal at the start of the war: the capture of Kyiv.
Now Conservative MP Sir Ian Duncan Smith tells his Express.co.uk that Russian President Vladimir Putin will "regret the day" he decided to invade Ukraine. rice field.
Condemning the "disastrous" Russian aggression, Sir Ian said: 38} "This should be a lesson for all dictatorships. Be careful what you wish for.
"Finally, those who believe in their I will defend to the end the homeland I know I have."
Putin news: Putin's invasion didn't go as planned (Image: getty)
Putin news: Russia may have lost 80,000 soldiers (Image: getty)
He also highlighted the devastating losses Russia suffered during the conflict. Now I know they must regret and regret the day they attempted to do this. Were it not for the propaganda in Russia, the mother and father of the murdered son would have already demanded withdrawal. It was a certain man who brought down the war, apparently based on a thirst for power."
Russia does not regularly disclose information about the losses suffered.
On Tuesday, US Department of Defense Undersecretary of Defense Colin Carr estimated that between 70,000 and 80,000 Russians had lost their lives in the fighting.
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Putin news: Russian soldiers in Mariupol(Image: getty)
He said to the reporter: "I was in a fog over the war, but it is safe to suggest that the Russians probably suffered 70,000 or 80,000 casualties within six months.
"This is a combination of killed and wounded, and the number may be a little less or more, but I think it's within a broad range."
} Moscow also reportedly suffered heavy losses in terms of military hardware.
The Kyiv Independent cited Ukrainian military statistics claiming that Russia had lost 223 of her aircraft, 1,805 tanks and 191 helicopters since the start of the invasion.
Military experts say a critical phase of war is approaching as Ukraine prepares to attempt to recapture the city of Kherson.
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Putin News: Putin Will 'Regret' Aggression, Duncan Smith Said (Image: Getty)
Putin news: Kherson seized by Russia (Image: getty)
The city in southern Ukraine has been occupied by Russian forces since March.
Peter Dickinson, editor of the Atlantic Council's Ukraine Alert Service, wrote on the think tank's website earlier this month that Kherson was of "strategic importance" to both sides. explained.
He added that it would be "personally humiliating to Vladimir Putin" if Ukraine liberated the city. As the only city west of the Dnipro River below, it was outlined as "key to Russia's ambitions in southern Ukraine."