How many troops did Putin lose in the month-long Ukraine war?
Ukraine is about to complete a month of war. A kind of smokescreen has been created about how many Russian soldiers have been killed so far in this war.
One side of the ongoing war is Ukraine. The Western intelligence service has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
Moscow has said little about the casualties of Russian troops in Ukraine. The casualty figures for the Russian military are said to be much lower than the actual number.
On the other hand, there is no way to assume that the Westerners are giving any information about the casualties of the Russian troops. The Western media itself says they have not been able to independently verify the information.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a special military operation in Ukraine. Following his instructions, Russian forces launched a full-scale offensive in Ukraine.
Putin thought that Kiev could be easily captured. But his thoughts seem to have been hit hard. The advance of Russian forces in Ukraine is not as expected. They are facing intense resistance in Ukraine. With that there is massive energy loss.
About three weeks ago, Moscow provided information on the number of Russian soldiers killed and wounded in the war in Ukraine. Earlier this month, Russia’s Defense Ministry said 498 Russian soldiers had been killed in Ukraine. And 1,500 soldiers were injured. Russia has not officially released any information since then.
Military experts are skeptical of Russia’s official casualty figures. However, they acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Russia’s military.
The Kremlin has failed to provide an update on Russian military casualties, creating an “information vacuum” in the country. Rumors are circulating in Russia about Russian military casualties. Russia is rumored to have killed hundreds or thousands of troops in Ukraine.
President Putin complained last weekend that the West was trying to collectively divide Russian society. They are trying to provoke a revolt among Russian citizens by spreading rumors and speculation about military casualties and the socio-economic consequences of the embargo. The West is using the “Fifth Column” to destroy Russia.
There is not much information in the Russian media about the casualties of the country’s troops. Russian officials have denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. In addition, the Russian media has virtually stopped reporting on Russian military casualties, fearing the Kremlin’s anger.
In such a situation, last Monday, the Russian tabloid ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda’ published a report online. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 9,071 Russian soldiers were killed and 17,153 wounded in Ukraine, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Within minutes of the report being published online, casualty figures for Russian troops were deleted. However, the screenshot of this report went viral.
The newspaper later claimed that their website had been hacked and fake information had been posted about Russia’s special operations in Ukraine. They quickly deleted that information.
No other Russian media outlet has commented on the Russian military casualties in the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Several Russian military analysts also declined to comment on Komsomolskaya Pravda’s report. The reason is that they fear the Kremlin will punish them.
A Russian military commentator, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “This is a state secret. We do not know the exact number of soldiers killed. It’s better to discuss something else than that. ”
On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was the prerogative of the Russian Defense Ministry to release casualty figures. They have said from the beginning that they do not have the authority to talk about the casualties of Russian troops in special military operations in Ukraine.
Kiev claims that Moscow’s military casualty figures for the Ukraine war are 10, 20 or 30 times higher than the actual number. Ukrainian officials claimed on Monday evening that more than 15,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the fighting.
A report by Radio Free Europe earlier this week claimed that the morgues of neighboring Belarusian hospitals had been filled with the bodies of Russian soldiers in just a few weeks of fighting.
The report quoted an employee of a regional hospital in Belarus as saying. As of March 13, the bodies of more than 2,500 Russian soldiers had been sent to Russia from the region.
BBC Russia released a report last Monday. The report says that they have fully confirmed the deaths of 558 Russian soldiers.
A NATO official told NBC News on condition of anonymity that the latest military intelligence assessment shows that up to 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, wounded, captured or missing in the first month of the war in Ukraine. Of these, 8,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed.
According to a report in The New York Times, more than 150,000 Russian troops are involved in the war in Ukraine. Russia has lost more troops in the ongoing war in Ukraine than the number of US troops killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This number is more than 6 thousand. 14 to 21 thousand Russian soldiers were injured.
According to a report by CNN, the procession of corpses of Russian soldiers in the war in Ukraine is increasing. The report further states that the Kremlin is hiding the actual number of casualties in this war. U.S. and NATO officials have told CNN that the number of Russian military casualties in the war will be between 3,000 and 10,000. However, according to Ukrainian officials, the number will be much higher, at more than 15,000. However, CNN could not verify this information.
The Pentagon has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once. A senior U.S. defense official told reporters Wednesday that the United States has no troops on Ukrainian soil. So it is difficult for the Pentagon to provide any information on casualties there.
Neutral military analysts are reluctant to comment on the demands of various parties, including Moscow, Kiev and NATO, regarding the casualties of Russian troops in the Ukraine war. They say Western nations are pushing for greater Russian military casualties in the Ukraine war. Russia, on the other hand, is trying to keep its military casualty figures low. Therefore, there is no way to take the claim of any party for sure.