Illustration photo – The body of a dead Russian soldier lies next to a destroyed car in Kharkiv, Ukraine, February 25, 2022.
London – Russian forces fighting in Ukraine in the past two weeks are likely to have recorded the highest losses since the first week of the war, the British Ministry of Defense said in a report today. He refers to the numbers of the General Staff of the Ukrainian army, although he admits that he cannot verify the data. But the trend the data shows is credible, according to London. Ukraine also continues to lose many of its soldiers, the British ministry adds.
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Kiev says the Russians have lost an average of 824 soldiers each day in the past week. The daily number of dead and injured is more than four times the figures reported last year in June and July. Higher Russian losses were reported by the Ukrainian army only in the first days of the invasion at the turn of February and March of last year.
“The increase in Russian losses is likely due to various factors including a lack of trained personnel, coordination and resources along the front,” says the British Ministry of Defense . According to him, the aforementioned problems are evidenced by the development of the fighting in the Donetsk region, specifically over the city of Bachmut and also the village of Vuhledar, where, according to the available footage, the Russians launched an unsuccessful attack in recent days.
London adds that the Ukrainians also suffer from a “high degree of attrition”, meaning the deaths and injuries of soldiers. Neither the Russian occupiers nor the defending countries report their losses, and more accurate data from independent sources in this direction is not available. wounded and dead on the Ukrainian side is most likely similar. The New York Times (NYT) wrote last week, citing unnamed Western officials, that Russian losses are close to 200,000 soldiers.
The leadership of the Ukrainian army currently reports almost 140,000 dead and wounded on the other side. This morning, the General Staff reported that the Ukrainians eliminated another 900 fighters of the Russian forces from combat on Saturday.
In addition to trained soldiers, Moscow is also sending “insufficiently trained conscripts and former prisoners” to the front, he wrote in the mentioned NYT article. Despite mounting losses, Russia has not been able to achieve significant successes on the battlefield in recent months, with the exception of the area near the towns of Bakhmut and Soledar. The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) writes in its latest contribution on the development of the conflict that the Russian army has apparently not yet been able to prepare the mobilized citizens for effective offensive operations.
Experts on events in Russia, according to the NYT, estimate that on lives will probably not be a reason for Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. “He has no political opposition at home and conceived the war as a conflict similar to the one the country faced in World War II, when more than eight million Soviet soldiers died,” the paper wrote.