Russia losing five times more soldiers in Bakhmut than Ukraine, NATO assesses
Ukrainian soldier near the town of Bakhmut, March 6, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Ana Kudriyivtseva)
Engaged in protracted urban battles around Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, the Russian military is losing five times more troops than the Armed Forces of Ukraine, CNN reported on March 6, citing NATO sources.
The anonymous NATO official clarified that the five-to-one casualty ratio was based on intelligence reports.
Nevertheless, they added that Ukraine still suffers significant losses defending the city.
On March 6, during a meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Ukrainian military leadership came out in favor of continuing the defensive operation in Bakhmut and further reinforcing Ukrainian positions there.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov estimated daily losses of Russian troops near Bakhmut to be at 500 people, killed and wounded.
Ukraine’s Operational Command East spokesman Serhiy Cherevaty said that as Ukrainian troops defend Bakhmut, they are depleting Russian personnel and equipment reserves, ensuring the success of Kyiv’s future counteroffensives.
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