Some 40,000 civilians have also been killed or injured in the war, Milli said. He added, “Man’s suffering is enormous. The Washington Post could not independently verify the figures.
Millie’s figure is a sharp rise from above The Pentagon’s August forecast 70,000 to 80,000 Russian casualties. For comparison, the Soviet Union said in 1988 that it lost More than 13,000 soldiersAnd more than 35,000 were wounded, they fought there during the war in Afghanistan.
He comes as The Biden administration has encouraged Ukraine Being more open to talks with Russia amid growing unease in the West over the cost of a long-running conflict that has seen skyrocketing energy and food prices.
Officials in Kiev say Ready to negotiate with Russia But preconditions have been set, including a full withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory, compensation from Russia for war losses and security guarantees from other countries.
therefore The Post reportedOfficials reaching out to Ukraine on the Biden administration’s peace talks have included a request to drop a public refusal to negotiate with Russia’s leader, President Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin has also signaled the same Open for discussionBut his own preconditions appear to be incompatible with those of Ukraine: then Russia illegally annexed four territories of Ukraine, Putin said People from Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia “became our permanent citizens” as the “only way to peace” for Ukraine and the West.
Despite differences in the demands of the two sides, Milli said the winter could create an opportunity for peace talks, with Russia deploying its troops. Retreat from the strategic southern city of Kherson on wednesday But first, he said, both sides must recognize that total military victory in this conflict “may not be achievable” and “so we must turn to other avenues.”
Such a suggestion has been made by the authorities of Ukraine Russia can only pretend Retreating from Kherson in an attempt to trap Ukrainian forces in the battle for the city. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, warned on Wednesday that Ukraine sees “no signs” of a unilateral withdrawal.
Actions speak louder than words. There are no signs that Russia is giving up Kherson without a fight. A part of the ru-group is preserved in the city and a fee is charged for the additional reserve area. 🇺🇦 liberating territory based on intelligence data, not TV statements.
— Mykhailo Podolyak (@Podolyak_M) 9 November 2022
US officials have also indicated they are wary of reports of Russian withdrawal. “There are indications that the Russians are planning to withdraw to the east bank of the Dnieper River,” Colin H. Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, said tuesday “We’ll have to see how that goes.”
But Milley said of the withdrawal on Wednesday: “Early indicators are that it’s actually happening. He publicly announced that he was doing it.”
He said it could take weeks for Russia to withdraw its troops – 20,000 to 30,000 in Kherson – and suggested the withdrawal could be a strategic move “to preserve their power to re-establish their southern defensive line. [Dnieper] River, but that remains to be seen.
In the meantime, Milley said, “there is a window of opportunity for negotiation.”
“When peace is obtainable, obtain it,” he said. “Seize the moment.”