Russia loses up to 30,000 invaders while trying to take Bakhmut, says Western intel
Defenders of Ukraine in the Bakhmut district (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)
Russia has taken 20,000 to 30,000 casualties while trying to take the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, a journalist for UK newspaper the Guardian, Dan Sabbagh, tweeted on March 7, with reference to Western officials.
According to Sabbagh, one of the officials speculated that a high proportion of those casualties, many of which will be prisoners recruited by Wagner Group, could have been killed.
“The death rates of Wagner have been significantly higher than the Russian armed forces,” the journalist said, citing the officials who believe that the figure could have been estimated at three wounded to one killed.
Sabbagh added that the officials said they believed that Ukraine is still able to hold and resupply its military in Bakhmut, although the town is surrounded from three sides and said the defenders could “last for another month” — or chose to make a tactical withdrawal “within a week.”
Earlier a NATO representative, citing intelligence, said that Russian invaders were losing five times more soldiers than Ukraine in the battles for Bakhmut.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov previously estimated Russia’s daily losses in the battles for Bakhmut at 500 soldiers killed and wounded.
During a meeting of the Ukrainian High Command on March 6, Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief General Valery Zaluzhnyi and the Commander of Ukraine’s Ground Forces, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi spoke in favor of continuing the defense operation in Bakhmut and further strengthening Ukrainian positions.
Syrskyi visited Bakhmut on March 5, for the third time in recent times.
In a video address on March 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the battles for Bakhmut were bringing one of the most significant results for Ukraine during the entire battle for the Donbas.
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