A Pentagon The official gave a “ballpark” figure for Russian casualties since Russia launched its war in Ukraine on February 24, with the cost likely to be higher. Vladimir Putinattacking his own army.
Colin Kahl, undersecretary of defense for policy, said at a briefing on Monday: “It’s safe to suggest that the Russians may have killed 70 or 80,000 people in less than six months,” he added, adding, “It’s a combination of casualties. , might be a little high, but I think it’s in the ballpark.”
He described the Russian death toll as “remarkable” given that Russia’s military had “achieved none of Vladimir Putin’s goals” since the invasion of Ukraine.
If Kahl’s figures were confirmed, it would mean that in just six months, Russia would have suffered more casualties than the United States in the eight years of the Revolutionary War, from April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783.
The total number of US casualties in the struggle for American independence from Great Britain is estimated at 66,000, according to historian John Shay’s 1976 book, A People Numerous and Armed: Reflections on the Military Struggle for American Independence. This includes casualties, as well as combat and non-combat deaths, including those who die of disease.
Kahl’s latest estimate is a significant jump from other recent US government assessments. In July, CIA Director Bill Burns said the Russians suffered about 60,000 casualties, including 15,000 soldiers. This suggests that if Kahl is correct, Ukraine killed more than 10,000 Russians last month.
At this time, Kiev appreciated the delivery of new multiple rocket systems from the US, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Among the weapons provided by the US are M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that have contributed greatly to Ukraine’s war effort by targeting Russian command centers and ammunition depots.
The number of Russian casualties in the war has not been independently verified. In his latest forecast on Wednesday, the military of Ukraine estimate 42,800 Russian troops were killed in the fighting, although Western officials say this is nearly three times that number. Moscow did not update the death toll it released at the end of March, which stood at 1,351.
Newsweek The Russian Ministry of Defense has been contacted for comment.
However, military experts said the Kremlin was not suffering enough troop losses to affect its ability to hold territory, even as Ukraine counterattacked in Kherson in the country’s southwest.
Meanwhile, according to Rob Lee, a fellow at the Institute for Foreign Policy Research, Russia’s casualty estimates likely include Russian paramilitary and volunteer forces, such as the mercenary Wagner group.
“Otherwise, the Russian army cannot cope with such a casualty rate and still fight,” he said. Foreign Policy.
Kahl also said on Monday that the Ukrainian side had suffered serious injuries in what he described as “the most intense conventional conflict in Europe since World War II”.
“But Ukrainians have many advantages, not the least of which is their unwillingness to fight,” he added.