Ukrainian losses drop by two thirds, Ukrainian official says

9 August 2022, 03:05 PM
Ukrainian losses drop three-fold (Photo:General Staff)

Ukrainian losses drop three-fold (Photo:General Staff)

Compared to early June, daily losses of Ukraine’s Armed Forces have declined by two thirds, Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said in a BBC interview on Aug. 9.

According to Podolyak, Ukraine loses 30-50 troops killed in action every day, while two months ago the figure was as high as 100-200.

“I think the (casualty) figures have declined two- or three-fold compared to where they used to be,” Podolyak said.

The official suggested that heavy losses in June were due to the war transitioning to its second stage.

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“A vast artillery war was breaking out, in which our positions were under a literal avalanche of shells of various calibers, and it definitely increased our attrition,” said Podolyak.

“Our current losses are lower because our rocket artillery is very effective at hitting Russian supply nodes. Additionally, Russia is redeploying its forces all around the battlefield. And finally, our military adapted to enemy tactics and became more agile.”

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on June 9 that Ukraine was sustaining casualties of up to 500 killed and wounded per day.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on June 1 that 60-100 Ukrainian soldiers were dying on the battlefield every day, with a further 500 sustaining injuries.

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