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UK counts Russian losses in Ukraine

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UK counts Russian losses in Ukraine

The UK estimates that since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian troop losses have exceeded 465,000.

Source: Ankur Narayan, Counsellor for Politico-Military Affairs at the UK Delegation to the OSCE, European Pravda reports

Details: In his speech, Narayan cited several numbers in response to the statement by the newly minted Russian Defence Minister Andrei Belousov that the war in Ukraine should be waged with a „minimum of human losses.“

He stressed that 825 days have passed since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and that „over 465,000 Russian personnel have been killed or wounded“ during this time.

„From January 2024 to April 2024, Russia’s daily casualty rate in Ukraine – the numbers of killed and wounded – was 980. Estimates in May, put that number over 1000 per day. That is around 30,000 per month. The highest rate it has been since the start of this war,“ the UK diplomat added.

The UK Counsellor to the OSCE pointed out that the best option for Russia to „minimise human losses“ in Ukraine would be to end the war it has unleashed.

„Economists do not need to be reminded about sunk cost fallacy. Seen objectively, the numbers point to a terrible loss for a country like Russia – in Russian lives, materiel and credibility,“ Narayan said.

The North Atlantic Alliance estimates that as of April, the total losses of Russian forces during the full-scale war in Ukraine amounted to more than 350,000.

On 30 May, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced the number of Russian losses at over 506,000.

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