The EU summit's statement about 100,000 dead Ukrainian soldiers is cut


Published 30 November 2022 at 11.50

EU. In a speech published on the EU Commission's website, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated that 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the ongoing war. But shortly after publication, the number was removed both from the filmed speech and from the script on the website.

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– It is estimated that over 20,000 civilians and 100,000 Ukrainian military have been killed so far.

So said Ursula von der Leyen in a statement that was uploaded in both video and text format on the European Commission's website on Wednesday morning.

But shortly after publication, the quote, which at the time of writing is still found in Google's cache function, had been removed. The video has also been edited.

What has happened is still unclear and no correction has been posted. In the rest of the speech, Ursula von der Leyen talked about how the EU should make sure that Russia has to pay for the war.

US Defense Secretary Mark Milley stated barely three weeks ago that over 40,000 Ukrainian civilians and “certainly more than” 100,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the war up to that point.