Russia has already lost more soldiers in Ukraine than in all the conflicts it has fought since World War II.

File photo: Ukrainian military detect bodies of Russian soldiers in a battle zone near kyiv (REUTERS/Gleb Garanich) (GLEB GARANICH/)

A recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) warned that more Russian soldiers have been killed in combat in Ukraine than in all the wars Moscow has been involved in since World War II combined.

The study published this Monday indicates that Between 60,000 and 70,000 Russian soldiers have already died in the invasion of Ukraineinitiated by the government of Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022.

According to the CSIS analysis, Moscow’s troops are dying each month at a rate “at least 25 times the number of deaths per month in Chechnya and 35 times higher than the number of deaths in Afghanistan”, alluding to two bloody wars for Russia and the Soviet Union, respectively.

It is estimated that In World War II, 8.7 million soldiers of the Soviet Union died.. And up to 50,000 Moscow-led soldiers died in the 16 subsequent wars. included in the report, which spans from 1950 to the present and includes wars in places like Korea, Georgia, Syria and Angola.

CSIS considers the large number of casualties in Ukraine to be the result of “military innovation.”

File photo: Russian soldiers aboard an armored vehicle (EFE/EPA/STRINGER)
File photo: Russian soldiers aboard an armored vehicle (EFE/EPA/STRINGER) (STRINGER/)

How will the war in Ukraine end?

Russia wanted a lightning victory when launching its invasion of Ukraine, but twelve months later the war stalled with neither side making military gains nor willing to a status quo solution. Analysts fear that the conflict will not end soon and that its intensity will increase in its second year.

“Of course, shows no signs of being near the end”, said Jon Alterman, of the US think tank CSIS. “Each side feels that time is on their side and that reaching an agreement now is a mistake,” he added.

After some recent successes in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region, the Russian side may be preparing a spring offensive, experts believe.

Meanwhile, Ukraine appears determined to regain lost territory, aided by the United States and European governments, whose support for kyiv appears to be growing. She even made it clear her intention to retrieve the Crimean Peninsula, in the Black Sea, which Russia annexed in 2014, an ambition that aroused suspicion in the West.

In early February, French President Emmanuel Macron told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelensky that he was “determined to help Ukraine achieve victory.”

File photo: Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions (AP/Libkos) (LIBKOS/)

Another uncertainty concerns nuclear weapons and their possible role in the next phase of the war. Russia made a thinly veiled threat about the use of atomic weapons early in the conflict.

Dimitri Minic, of the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri), warns that this scenario could become a “very serious possibility” if Ukraine manages to retake Crimea. If it gets to that point, internal dissent in Russia could erupt due to fears of nuclear war and because the use of nuclear weapons could be perceived as revealing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s weakness, according to the expert.

(With information from AFP)

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