Russia's losses in Ukraine are similar to the nine-year war in Afghanistan – UK intelligence

23 May, 10:26 AM
Russian army suffered losses in Ukraine in three months, comparable to the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan (Photo:REUTERS/Vitalii Hnidyi)

Russian army suffered losses in Ukraine in three months, comparable to the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan (Photo:REUTERS/Vitalii Hnidyi)

In the first three months of its war against Ukraine Russia has likely suffered a similar death toll to that experienced by the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan, the UK Ministry of Defense tweeted on May 23.

The intelligence said that a combination of poor low-level tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility, and a command approach that is prepared to reinforce failure and repeat mistakes has led to this high casualty rate, which continues to rise in the Donbas offensive.

It is noted that the Russian public has, in the past, proven sensitive to casualties suffered during wars of choice.

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"As casualties suffered in Ukraine continue to rise, they will become more apparent, and public dissatisfaction with the war and a willingness to voice it may grow," reads the report.

Russia has already lost more than 29,000 soldiers killed in action in Ukraine since Feb.24, the Ukrainian Army General Staff reported. Some 150 Russian soldiers were eliminated only in the past 24 hours.

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