Russia announces the number of soldiers killed in the war in Ukraine

The Russian Defense Minister announced that more than 5,900 soldiers have been killed in the military operation in Ukraine since February.

“Russian losses to date are 5,937 soldiers,” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today. This is the first time the Russian military has announced the number of soldiers killed since the end of March.

He added that Ukraine suffered much heavier losses than Russia, with 61,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 49,000 wounded.

Kiev has not commented on Moscow’s information, but in a military update released today, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that more than 55,000 Russian troops have been killed since the beginning of the operation. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in July estimated Moscow lost about 15,000 soldiers, three times the number of wounded.





Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks at a conference in Moscow on May 24.  Photo: AFP.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks at a conference in Moscow on May 24. Image: AFP.

Minister Shoigu made the above figure after President Putin today ordered “partial mobilization”, emphasizing the goal of “liberating Donbass”. Shoigu said the Russian military planned to mobilize 300,000 people from the reserve force, mainly discharged servicemen, for the military operation in Ukraine. Students and conscripts are not included in this category.

Ukraine and the West criticized the move, calling it a “wrong step” and a “worrying escalation”.

Russia has launched a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Ukraine recently launched a counter-offensive operation and regained control of several cities in the northeastern province of Kharkov. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country has regained 6,000 square kilometers of territory since the beginning of the month.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on September 16 that the battlefield situation had remained essentially unchanged and that the Russian military did not want to act hastily. He said Russia’s advance was slow, but systematic, and gradually took control of more territory.





The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after nearly 7 months of fighting.  Graphics: WP.

The appearance of the Ukrainian battlefield after nearly 7 months of fighting. Graphics: WP.

Duc Trung (Theo AFP, Moscow Times)

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