The total number of Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russia has reached 6,489, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted as saying by TASS and DPA.

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"In five days, 126 servicemen from the Ukrainian armed forces were taken prisoner, bringing the total to 6,489," Shoigu said.

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He also said that in the last 10 days, Russian forces had destroyed 50 units of military equipment from abroad, including armored vehicles and howitzers.

According to him, Russia currently controls all residential areas in the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk.

Shoigu said Moscow's goal is to take over the city's industrial zone and surrounding villages.

According to Shoigu, 97 percent of the Luhansk region is under Russian control.

In addition, Russia has taken over the cities of Svyatogorsk and Liman and 15 other villages in the Donetsk region, the defense minister said.

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