Komsomolskaya Pravda Posts Russian Troop Losses then Deletes it

A pro-Kremlin Russian newspaper claimed that almost 10,000 Russian soldiers had been killed fighting in Ukraine.

Komsomolskaya Pravda published a story on Sunday citing Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, in saying that 9,861 Russian soldiers died in Ukraine and 16,153 were injured. 

Konashenkov refuted claims from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that the Russian Federation Armed Forces have lost 96 aircraft, 118 helicopters, and 14,700 military personnel. 

The casualty story on Russian troops was later on changed after initial publication, with the number of casualties removed. 

Several journalists shared screenshots on Twitter of the initially published article. 

Yaroslav Trofimov of The Wall Street Journal tweeted the screenshot of the story adding that the last known official number of Russian casualties was released on March 2 at 498. 

“Fascinating that someone posted the leaked number,” Trofimov said

An archived version of the casualty story still bears the alleged leaked figure. 

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