The Kremlin declined to comment Monday on the progress of Russia’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, referring questions about it to the military.
“I don’t think this is the time to summarize the results of the [military] operation, we have to wait for the end of the operation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.
The Russian military acknowledged the casualties but did not give exact figures.
The invasion of Moscow has met with “stronger than expected” resistance from the Ukrainian military as well as unexpected difficulties in supplying its forces, two senior US officials with direct knowledge told CNN on Sunday.
The official civilian death toll reaches triple the figures: Ukraine’s latest civilian death toll stands at 102, with 304 people injured, but the true figure is expected to be “significantly higher”, the UN’s Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.
The death toll includes seven children, Bachelet said, adding: “Most of these civilians were killed by explosive weapons with a wide area of impact, including heavy artillery and multiple rocket launcher bombardments, and airstrikes.
According to Bachelet, 422,000 people have fled Ukraine, while other civilians still in the country are “forced to huddle in various forms of bomb shelters, such as metro stations, to escape the explosions”.