Russia lost more troops in Ukraine in one year than in all wars since World War II combined — CSIS

1 March, 06:57 PM
Destroyed Russian equipment at the exhibition in the center of Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Destroyed Russian equipment at the exhibition in the center of Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Russia lost more soldiers in the first year of the full-scale war against Ukraine than in all wars since World War II combined, U.S. analytical institute the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said in a report on Feb. 27.

The CSIS said the average number of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine per month is at least 25 times higher than the number of killed per month in Chechnya, and 35 times higher in Afghanistan.

On average, Russia loses 5,000 to 5,800 soldiers per month (95 to 185 per month in Chechnya over 15 years).

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According to analysts’ estimates, from February 2022 to February 2023, 60,000 to 70,000 Russian soldiers were killed in Ukraine. These figures include regular Russian soldiers from the Russian Armed Forces, the Russian National Guard, the FSB and the Federal Security Service (FSO), militants of the L/DPR terrorist organizations, and mercenaries from the Wagner private military company.

In total, according to CSIS, Russia has lost 200,000 to 250,000 wounded, killed and missing. The occupying forces also lost about half of their T-72B3 and T-72B3M main battle tanks and about two-thirds of their T-80BV/U tanks.

Analysts noted Ukraine’s impressive use of military innovations (in particular, drones) against an enemy with a significant advantage in resources.

The CSIS report mentioned that Russia’s war against Ukraine has turned into a war of attrition, and the West must prepare for a “protracted war and long-term support.” According to them, Ukraine now needs advanced systems for offensive operations — air defense systems, long-range artillery, armored vehicles, fighters and ammunition, training and intelligence.

Earlier, the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence (HUR), Kyrylo Budanov, said that Russia is not ready to wage a long war against Ukraine, because its resources are limited.

According to the Ukrainian military’s General Staff, since the beginning of the full-scale war, Russia has lost about 149,890 of its soldiers, 3,395 tanks, and a great deal of other equipment in Ukraine.

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