Among 11,000 foreign mercenaries who fought on the side of Ukraine since february 2022, some 5,000 have been eliminated with most of them being from Poland, the U.S., U.K. and Georgia, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.
"At present, 2,029 (foreign) mercenaries continue fighting for Ukraine. the ministry said.
"In all, since February 24, 2022, 11,675 foreign mercenaries from 84 countries have arrived to fight for Ukraine. The bulk of them came from Poland (more than 2,600 people), the United States and Canada (more than 900 people), Georgia (over 800 people), Great Britain and Romania (more than 700 people from each), Croatia (more than 300 people), as well as from France and the Turkey-controlled areas in Syria (more than 200 people from each)," the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Some 4,800 foreign mercenaries, mostly from the United States, Canada and European countries, have been eliminated in Ukraine, while just as many have opted to flee the former Soviet republic. "As of June 30, 4,845 foreign mercenaries, mostly coming from the United States, Canada and European countries, have been confirmed killed in combat actions," the ministry reported. "Another 4,801 foreign fighters escaped from the territory of Ukraine after they realized how the Kiev regime really treated them," the ministry added.
Some reports said special forces of NATO nations are also operating in Ukraine as advisors to the Ukrainain Army and to help in operating and maintaining some of the specialized equipment given to Ukraine.