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Russia announce Ukraine death toll a week after invasion began

Russian officials have announced that 498 of their troops have been killed with 1,597 wounded in its first report of military casualties since the country invaded its eastern European neighbour last week.

Meanwhile, the Russian bombardment of Kharkiv in Ukraine has killed 21 people and hurt 112, a Ukrainian official said. 

They added that some Russian planes have been shot down.

The announcement from Russia’s Defence Ministry comes as it was announced by  Ukraine’s State Emergency Service that more than 2,000 civilians have died in a week of war with Russia, though independent confirmation is not possible.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.

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