The victims in the Ukrainian ranks more than a year and a half after the start of the war with Russia already number tens of thousands, a local civic group confirmed. According to their estimates, 25,000 soldiers have lost their lives so far and at least another 5,000 were injuredleaving the total toll of Ukrainian victims in about 30,000.
These figures, although they are below those of other sources, were not confirmed by the Kiev authorities since the Executive treats the losses in its Army as a state secret. As they explained, the open dissemination of this data could harm their war efforts and give advantages to the enemy.
Prior to this announcement, in August, a report published by The New York Times which cited US officials claimed that the dead Ukrainians were close to 70,000 and the wounded hovered among the 100,000 and the 120,000. Again, these numbers refer to fallen officers and not civilians.
Another reference about casualties in the conflict is the project Book of Memorywhich Ukraine is making, which closely tracks deaths since the first Russian invasion of 2014. As historian Yaroslav Tynchenko and volunteer Herman Shapovalenko told the magazine Tyzhdenthese investigations aimed to 24,500 casualties in and out of combat, although the real figure is possibly higher since there are at least 15,000 soldiers missing It is believed – at this point – that they would be dead.
“Obviously, the 24,500 names are not the final death toll but, according to our assessment, is not less than 70%”, the authors commented and added that “the real number of deaths in combat and non-combat situations is more than 30,000 people.”
The authors even applied the 1:3 ratio, which allowed them to calculate the number of injuries and conclude that there were around 100,000.
For their part, the deaths on the Russian side They are much older, the kyiv General Staff celebrated at the end of October. The latest details pointed to more than 300,000 people.
“Total enemy combat losses between February 24, 2022 and October 31, 2023 are approximately 300,810 people”, they indicated in a daily report.
Although the Kremlin avoids giving these data, in an attempt to maintain its facade of strength, the independent Russian media Vertska was able to corroborate that the authorities had requested the issuance of death certificates for at least 230,000 who died in the war.
Russia has been recording thousands of losses for months, especially since the beginning of the Ukrainian counteroffensive launched last spring, which Moscow had to face from a more weakened position.
However, recently, the deaths have intensified as his campaign to surround the town of Avdiivkain the eastern province of Donetsk, with a view to scoring one last victory before winter. Even despite its almost daily attacks and efforts to regroup as quickly as possible, this became Russia’s biggest defeat in Ukraine.
“If we talk about casualties in such a short period in a relatively small selection of the front, then Avdiivka is already the major defeat of the Russian Army”Defense Forces spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun said weeks ago.
In that sense, the day before, the president Volodymyr Zelensky He denied that the war had entered a period of stagnation and again urged the West to continue arms shipments.
“We urgently need air and missile defense systems to protect Ukrainian cities, critical infrastructure facilities and grain corridor routes,” he said.
(With information from Reuters)