Russian losses: REAL stats as Ukraine figures show tanks, drones and boats destroyed | World | News
The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged some casualties for the first time on Thursday, but dismissed reports of “incalculable losses” as “disinformation”. Major General Igor Konashenkov said 498 Russian soldiers had been killed and 1,597 others injured – but a look at the latest figures from Ukraine paints a very different picture.
According to data collected from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the number of Russian servicemen killed is closer to 6,000.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry released its latest data on Wednesday March 2, with the caveat that all figures were “indicative” and “complicated by the high intensity of hostilities”.
Despite this, a clear picture emerges, and it is very different from that painted by Moscow.
According to the latest statistics, a total of 5,840 Russian soldiers were killed.
Another 200 were captured as prisoners of war by Ukraine.
In terms of machine losses, Ukraine said Russia lost 862 armored vehicles, 355 wheeled vehicles, 211 tanks, 85 artillery pieces, 60 fuel tanks, 40 rocket systems, 31 helicopters, 30 aircraft fixed-wing, three drones and two boats. .
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These are figures much higher than those coming out of Moscow.
Independent Russian organizations that help parents find their sons told the AFP news agency that conscripts were taking part in the conflict, having been forced to sign documents before crossing the border.
But Major Konashenkov said neither conscripts nor cadets were involved in the operation in Ukraine.
He also said that among the Ukrainian soldiers, 2,870 were killed, about 3,700 wounded and 572 captured, but these figures could not be independently verified.
Ukraine’s state emergency service said more than 2,000 civilians had died, although it was impossible to verify this claim.
The United Nations human rights office said on Thursday it had recorded the deaths of 136 civilians, including 13 children, in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.
New reports from US intelligence officials paint a bleak picture for Ukraine’s future.
The figures, seen by CNN, claim that Russia has lost between 3 and 5% of its tanks, planes, artillery and other military assets inside Ukraine – against Ukrainian losses of around 10% of its capabilities .
Officials warn that these rations are difficult to calculate and subject to change as both forces are being resupplied and casualties continue to be incurred.
But the contrast paints a bleak picture for Ukraine, as the might of the Russian military could shake the country, currently buoyed by its fierce defiance of its invader and commanding admiration around the world.
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Surprisingly strong Ukrainian resistance so far has kept major cities out of Russian hands, but analysts expect the nation will eventually be overwhelmed as Russia launches an intensified and less discriminatory phase of its assault .
According to US officials, Russia will now begin to change tack to a “slow annihilation” strategy as it becomes clear that Kiev will not fall as easily as Moscow had hoped.
They foresee the continuation of the bombardments with heavy weapons and the possibility that “tens of thousands” of soldiers march on the main Ukrainian cities.
In late February, President Joe Biden asked the US State Department to release an additional $350m (£260m) worth of weapons from US stockpiles to Ukraine.
The Pentagon said the weapons included anti-armour, small arms, body armor and various ammunition to support Ukrainian frontline defenders.
A State Department spokesperson said anti-aircraft systems were also included in the equipment.
Ukraine requested Javelin anti-tank weapons and Stinger missiles to shoot down planes.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN on Tuesday, “I’ve spoken to Biden many times, and I’ve told them many times that Ukraine will resist and fight harder than anyone, but by ourselves against the Russia, we will not achieve this.”