Illustrative photo – Smoke rises after Russian shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, December 27, 2022.
Munich, Germany – In the war in Ukraine, according to the United States, more than 200,000 Russians. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this at the security conference in Munich today. According to him, more than a million Russians have left their country because they do not want to be part of the war.
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< p>“Look at what (Russian President Vladimir) Putin has done to his country,” Blinken said, referring to war statistics, according to DPA. Among them is the fact that a thousand or more companies left Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine, because they were afraid of damaging their reputation.
The BBC server also reported on the high number of dying Russians on Friday. According to him, in the last two weeks, the number of fallen Russian soldiers has increased several times compared to the usual losses for the same period, from about 550 to 600 to more than 1,670.
According to British military intelligence, losses in the Russian armed forces and in the ranks of Russian mercenaries represent 175,000 to 200,000 people, of which 40,000 to 60,000 are killed. According to some information, the Russian mercenary Wagner's (in Russian transcription Vagnerov) group lost up to 30,000 fighters, 90 percent of whom are recruited released prisoners.
USA: The Wagners in Ukraine lost 30,000 men, mostly prisoners
The Russian mercenary group Wagner has lost more than 30,000 men since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago. Around 9,000 of its members died in action, the White House said on Friday according to Reuters.
The United States estimates that 90 percent of Wagnerites killed in Ukraine since December were convicts, White House security spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a regular briefing.
Half of the total number of dead have been killed since mid-December, when fighting intensified the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, a National Security Council official said, citing newly declassified intelligence.
Kirby said the Wagners in and around Bakhmut had made gradual gains in recent days, but after many months and at a “devastating cost , which is not sustainable”. “It's possible that they will eventually be successful in Bakhmut, but it won't be of any real importance to them because it's of no real strategic importance,” Kirby said, adding that Ukrainian forces in Donbas are maintaining strong defensive lines.
< p>Kirby said Wagner's group continues to rely heavily on prisoners sent to war without training and equipment, although group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin recently claimed he had stopped recruiting prisoners to fight in Ukraine.