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Ursula von der Leyen criticised over Ukraine war loss estimates

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has been criticised for publishing and then unpublishing a video containing what appears to be a very high estimate of killed Ukrainian military officers.

“It is estimated that 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far,” von der Leyen said in the original version of the video, reshared later by Twitter users.

She did, however, not specify where the data came from.

The European Commission later deleted the video of von der Leyen’s speech, as well as its transcript, and republished both without the sentence containing the numbers.

A spokesperson for von der Leyen tweeted a correction within a few hours, stating that the original video had been edited because the 100,000 figure related to estimates of total casualties, including those killed but also the injured.

Photo: EU Commission

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