More than seven months into its war against Ukraine, Moscow may have suffered irretrievable casualties of more than 90,000 Russian soldiers and a significant amount of its war equipment without achieving any of its strategic goals, according to a report.
The irretrievable losses of more than 90,000 soldiers suffered by Russia in Ukraine include those killed, missing and dying of wounds in hospitals, as well as those wounded and unable to return to military service, Importantant reported Stories,” citing two Russian sources — a former officer from the Russian Special Services and a current Federal Security Service official.
If true, that number is significant given that it represents almost half of the 190,000 Russian troops that Vladimir Putin reportedly massed on Russia’s borders with Ukraine before the February 24 invasion began.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army noted in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Russia has suffered casualties of more than 63,000 troops, 2,504 tanks and 1,496 artillery systems. The post added that Russian troops suffered their heaviest casualties on the Kramatorsk, Avdiivsk and Bakhmut fronts.
However, these numbers cannot be independently verified.
The number released by Important Stories comes closer to what British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement to the British Parliament in early September. According to him, Russia has lost more than 80,000 soldiers in Ukraine, where they have either been killed, injured, captured or deserted.
“It is estimated that over 25,000 Russian soldiers have lost their lives to date. If you include dead, injured, prisoners, or the tens of thousands of deserters now reported — over 80,000 killed or injured and the other categories,” Wallace said at the time.
Important Stories’ latest number of Russian casualties also compares to estimates by the Pentagon, which said in August that as many as 80,000 Russian soldiers were wounded or killed in less than six months of the war.
For its part, Russia is largely silent on its casualty figures. The last time the Russian Defense Ministry reported casualties was in September, when Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers were killed in Ukraine and claimed that more than 90% of those wounded on the battlefield had returned to duty .
According to Russian Defense Minister estimates, the Ukrainian army has lost about 61,000 soldiers killed and 49,000 wounded. General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, said in August that nearly 9,000 Ukrainian servicemen were killed in the war with Russia.
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