October 7, 2022

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War in Ukraine: Nearly 80,000 Russian soldiers killed or wounded

“The Russians lost probably 70,000 or 80,000 troops in six months,” Cal, the undersecretary of defense for political affairs, told reporters, noting that the number includes dead and wounded.

Russian forces also lost “3,000 or 4,000” armored vehicles and may lack precision-guided missiles, including air-to-surface and sea-to-surface missiles, he added.

“This is particularly significant given the Russians’ failure to achieve any of Vladimir Putin’s goals at the start of the war,” the US official continued.

“They have made some progress in the east in recent weeks, but very little,” he noted. “But this came at an extraordinary cost to the Russian military because of the quality of the Ukrainian military and the international aid it received.”

Mr. Cal agreed.

Kyiv reported that at least 10,000 of its troops were killed and 30,000 wounded.

According to a military source who did not want to be named, the Ukrainian army, which was strong at the beginning of the war on February 24 with 170,000 active soldiers and 100,000 reservists, has been strengthened to reach 300,000 to 350,000 soldiers.

Prior to the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Western estimates estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 Russian troops were stationed on Ukraine’s borders.

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