Putin Reveals How Many Russian Troops Have Been Killed in Counteroffensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin inadvertently revealed on Monday what number of Russian troops might have been killed since Ukraine started its long-anticipated counteroffensive in June.

Putin made the remarks throughout an interview with Chinese language media, claiming that Ukraine’s losses throughout its counteroffensive are eight instances increased than these of Russia.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive is now in its fifth month, with significantly heavy clashes going down alongside the entrance strains within the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia areas. Nonetheless, political strategist Radu Hossu has mentioned Russian troops are getting “pulverized” within the ongoing battle for Avdiivka, which is situated about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Bakhmut.

“Since June 4, [Ukraine’s counteroffensive] has been persevering with. To date there are not any outcomes, there are solely large losses [for Ukraine],” Putin informed the China Media Group in an interview printed by Russia’s state information company Tass.

Contemporary graves are seen at a cemetery within the Ukrainian metropolis of Mariupol on June 2, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin might have inadvertently revealed on Monday what number of Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine’s counteroffensive.
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“The losses are merely large—roughly one to eight as a ratio,” Putin mentioned.

On October 5, Putin mentioned that Ukraine had misplaced 90,000 troops throughout its counteroffensive, which means that Russian losses exceed 11,000 navy personnel.

Newsweek has been unable to independently confirm the figures, and has contacted Russia’s Protection Ministry by way of e-mail for remark.

The dying toll on either side continues to rise amid Ukraine’s grinding counteroffensive to recapture Russian-occupied territories. Based on figures launched by the Basic Employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, Moscow misplaced 860 troopers over the previous 24 hours, bringing the whole to 288,630.

Estimates of casualty figures range, with Kyiv’s figures normally exceeding these of its Western allies.

Russia itself hardly ever releases figures on troop losses. In September 2022, Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned 5,937 Russian troops had been killed within the struggle in Ukraine since late February 2022.

A joint-investigation by BBC’s Russian Service and impartial Russian information outlet Mediazona on October 13 has up to now recognized the names of 34,412 Russian navy personnel who’ve died within the struggle in Ukraine. It states that the precise variety of losses is increased than the figures said within the investigation.

Unbiased Russian information outlet Mozhem Obyasnit analyzed Russia’s federal finances draft for 2024 to 2026, and located final week that Russia is allocating funding to the households of 102,700 navy personnel killed in Ukraine. The figures haven’t been independently verified by Newsweek.

Ukraine additionally avoids publishing casualty figures for its forces. Nonetheless, Western intelligence estimates counsel they’re additionally substantial. In April, a leaked U.S. Protection Intelligence Company evaluation estimated that Kyiv had suffered 124,500 to 131,000 casualties, together with 15,500 to 17,500 useless and 109,000 to 113,500 wounded.

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