The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed its armed forced suffered casualties after its intervention in Ukraine, but did not specify a number.
At a daily briefing in Moscow, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said “Russian servicemen showed courage and heroism while performing combat duties” but admitted that there were dead and wounded, and some of them were captured.
Konashenkov said the Ukrainian forces tortured a few captured Russian servicemen.
Konashenkov said Ukrainian captives were being treated respectfully, who will return to their families after the end of the operation.
According to Konashenkov, since the beginning “of the special military operation” on Thursday, the Russian armed forces hit 1,067 targets of Ukraine’s military infrastructure, including 27 control points and communication centers, 38 anti-aircraft missile systems of air defense S-300, Buk M-1, and Osa, as well as 56 radar stations.
“Just today, 7 anti-aircraft missile systems were destroyed, including one S-300 near the city of Kramatorsk,” he said.
Earlier, 254 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 31 aircraft on the ground, 46 multiple rocket launchers, 103 field artillery and mortars, 164 units of special military vehicles were disabled, he said.