It’s estimated that Russia has suffered a substantial loss, with approximately 120,000 soldiers falling in battle, compared to around 70,000 Ukrainian soldiers who have died.
These numbers represent a stark increase from earlier estimations, largely attributed to the fierce clash known as the Battle of Bakhmut.
The Russian military’s toll is approaching 300,000 individuals, encompassing up to 120,000 fatalities and approximately 180,000 injuries. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have endured about 70,000 fatalities, with up to 120,000 soldiers left wounded.
Accurately pinning down these figures is a challenge due to Kyiv’s lack of disclosure of official statistics. Moreover, Russian casualties are believed to be significantly underreported, a point highlighted by officials.
The sheer number of Russians in the conflict is nearly three times that of their Ukrainian counterparts, and Russia’s larger population affords them the ability to continually recruit and draft soldiers.
This recent estimation marks a notable surge in battlefield casualties. General Mark Milley, head of the joint chiefs of staff, stated in November that both sides had already lost over 100,000 troops.
Following this, the brutal and intense battle of Bakhmut unfolded, resulting in heavy losses for both parties. This battle, often referred to as the “meat grinder,” ultimately concluded with Russian forces capturing the city in May.
Throughout this period, according to US officials, the battle claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers every day, and many others were severely wounded.
In response to the mission by Russia, Ukraine initiated a long-anticipated counteroffensive to reclaim the occupied territories. However, the early weeks of this campaign witnessed a high number of troops falling victim to dense Russian minefields and well-fortified positions.
In response, Ukraine has shifted its strategy, reverting to artillery and long-range missile attacks against Russian forces. While progress is gradual, it’s evident that Ukraine is determined to regain lost ground.
The latest estimates of casualties were drawn from various sources, including satellite imagery, intercepted communications, social media posts, and news dispatches.
Even within the US government, there are differences in these estimates, bringing out the complexity of measuring the true extent of the human cost in this conflict.