The Russian Defence Minister has claimed that 38 Nigerian mercenaries fighting in Ukraine have been killed in the war, while 32 others have returned to their country.
According to the data sighted by Sahara Reporters, Russia says Kiev’s claim of 20,000 foreign mercenaries holding its defence is a lie, adding that it monitors and records the presence in Ukraine of every representative of countries who moved to the country as a mercenary or trainee.
The total number of foreign mercenaries that have moved to Ukraine, according to the report is 6,956 out of which 1,956 have been killed while 1,779 fled back to their home countries.
Only 3,221 of the foreign mercenaries, who migrated from 64 countries are left, as of June 17, 2022.
Of this number, a total of 85 Nigerians were part of the foreign mercenaries, 38 have been killed while 35 returned to their home country. It said only 12 of this number remain in the country.
A statement from the Russian Defence Ministry noted, “Against the backdrop of the Kiev regime’s mounting military failures and massive daily losses in manpower and equipment, the flow of foreign mercenaries to Ukraine has not only decreased, but is actually turning in the opposite direction.
“Despite the Kiev regime’s efforts and increased payments, the process of mercenaries leaving to the “other world” or back to their countries of residence has not been stopped by the Kiev leadership.
“Recent empty statements about almost “20,000” foreigners “fighting” against the Russian Armed Forces are just plain lies.
“As we have already noted, the Russian Defence Ministry monitors and records the presence in Ukraine of every representative of this international gathering of “headless horsemen”
“Moreover, it is not only mercenaries directly involved in combat operations as part of Ukrainian units that are now included in our databases. We also take into account the trainers who have come to train, assist in the operation and repair of Western weapons supplied to Ukraine.
“We will publish these statistics today.
“For example, among European countries, Poland is the undisputed leader in terms of the number of mercenaries both arriving and dying.
“Since the beginning of the special military operation, 1,831 people have arrived in Ukraine, of whom 378 have already been killed and 272 mercenaries have departed for their homeland.
“It is followed by Romania with 504 arrivals, 102 deaths and 98 departures. The UK is in third place: 422 arrivals, 101 deaths, 95 departures.