Russia's casualty rate rises five-fold in February
Defenders of Ukraine in the area of Bakhmut, Donetsk region (Photo:REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo)
Russia’s confirmed troop losses have quintupled in February – compared to the usual weekly casualty figures, BBC Russian Service reported on Feb. 17.
Journalists learned from open sources the names of 14,709 Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine. According to them, confirmed losses began to grow significantly from mid-December 2022. Russian sources reported 250-300 dead every week, and in January 2023 this number doubled.
At the same time, for two weeks in February, reporters, along with volunteers, confirmed the names of 1,679 dead Russian troops, which is “five times more than the usual weekly numbers” and the largest increase since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
The BBC clarifies the report includes only numbers that can be verified with open sources. Journalists call the “most conservative estimate” of the Russian casualties – more than 29,500 people dead, and suggest that the total irretrievable losses of Russia can reach 133,000 people (including wounded and MIA).
Journalists note that over the past three months, Russia mainly lost mobilized troops, recruited prisoners, and those who recently signed contract with the Army and the National Guard.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Russia has lost 141,260 military personnel.
On Feb. 16, The Times reported that Russia is losing at least 2,000 troops for each 100 meters its forces manage to advance in eastern Ukraine.
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