Ukraine suffering up to 1,000 casualties per day in Donbas, MP says

16 June, 03:48 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Up to 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers are being killed or wounded each day in the Donbas, with 200 to 500 killed on average, and many more wounded, U.S. news outlet Axios quoted Ukrainian MP David Arakhamia, a member of the Ukrainian delegation at talks with Russia, as saying on June 15.

According to the official, the number has climbed significantly over the past two weeks.

What Ukraine lacks, Arakhamia contended, is the weaponry and ammunition to match Russia in "one of the biggest fights of the 21st century."

"We have the people trained to attack, to counterattack, but we need weapons for this," the MP said.

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U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley was asked about the rate of Ukrainian casualties on June 15 and said it was difficult to estimate, but previous media reports of around 100 killed and up to 300 injured each day had been "in the ballpark of our assessments."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on June 1 that 60 to 100 Ukrainian troops were being killed daily as Russia stepped up its Donbas offensive.

On June 9, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Ukraine's losses range from 100 to 200 soldiers a day, and the lack of parity between Ukrainian and Russian military capabilities is one of the main reasons.

At the same time, adviser to the president's chief of staff Oleksiy Arestovych said Russia's losses far exceed those of Ukraine.

According to Ukraine's General Staff, around 32,950 Russian troops have been killed in action since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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