The war in Ukraine has claimed tens of thousands of deaths, but the numbers have been vague throughout the conflict for both Russia and Ukraine. Britain’s assessment seems to be in line, especially with Ukraine’s accounting.
Ukrainian 50,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded in the war so far, said the commander of the British armed forces, Admiral Tony Radak too for the BBC.
Radakin said in the interview that Russia has lost almost a third of its ground combat capability. According to the admiral, because of this, Ukraine “absolutely” believes that it will win the war.
“They [ukrainalaiset] are absolutely certain that they’re going to retake all their territory in Ukraine, and they’re facing a Russia that’s struggling — a Russia that we estimate has lost more than 30 percent of its ground combat capability,” Radakin said.
In the same in connection, Radakin also gave estimates on how many Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded in the war in Ukraine.
“This means that in this conflict more than 50,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded, almost 1,700 Russian tanks have been destroyed, and almost 4,000 armored vehicles belonging to Russia have been destroyed,” Radakin said.
According to Radakin, Russia went to war with the intention of conquering all of Ukraine and its cities within a month, but failed in its goal.
Russian efforts have been made to estimate losses since it invaded Ukraine in late February.
However, the assessment is difficult, as Russia does not publish total figures for the number of its fallen soldiers. At the very beginning of the conflict, the Russian Ministry of Defense did not even officially acknowledge the deaths of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
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As the war continued, some kind of information about the fallen also leaked from the Russian side, but still not certain or accurate.
In May President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a moment of silence for the soldiers who died in Ukraine at the Victory Day parade. The number of fallen was not mentioned even then, but Expert interviewed by HS considered it significant to mention those who had already fallen.
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Defense authorities of Ukraine are maintained accounting records Russia’s losses. According to it, Russia has lost about 38,300 soldiers, 1,684 tanks and about 3,879 armored vehicles in Ukraine.
However, Ukraine is also a party to the war, using its communications as part of a large-scale information war.
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