Russia has lost 120,000 troops in Ukraine, says NYT

Published August 19, 2023
Russian servicemen detained in Ukraine attend a briefing entitled “Treatment of captured Russian soldiers in Ukraine” in Kyiv, on August 18, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. — AFP
Russian servicemen detained in Ukraine attend a briefing entitled “Treatment of captured Russian soldiers in Ukraine” in Kyiv, on August 18, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. — AFP

THE number of Ukrainian and Russian troops killed or wounded since the war in Ukraine began in Feb 2022 is nearing 500,000, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed US officials.

The officials cautioned that casualty figures remained difficult to estimate because Moscow is believed to routinely undercount its war dead and injured, and Kyiv does not disclose official figures, the newspaper said.

Russia’s military casualties are approaching 300,000, including as many as 120,000 deaths and 170,000 to 180,000 injuries, the newspaper reported. Ukrainian deaths were close to 70,000, with 100,000 to 120,000 wounded, it added.

The NYT quoted the officials as saying the casualty count had picked up after Ukraine launched a counter-attack earlier this year.

The Ukrainian military on Thursday claimed gains in its counter-offensive against Russian forces on the south-eastern front. Kyiv said its forces had liberated a village, the first such success since July 27, signalling the challenge it faces in advancing through heavily mined Russian defensive lines without powerful air support.

Published in Dawn, August 19th, 2023

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