February 14, 2023 | 3:55 p.m
While Ukraine boasts of having eliminated large numbers of Russian soldiers – including a record day of casualties last week – Kiev has also lost a staggering number of its own troops.
Western intelligence sources estimate that each side has suffered about 150,000 casualties since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, 2022, Agence France-Presse reported.
This was announced by Norway’s defense chief General Eirik Kristoffersen last month Norwegian television According to the latest information, Ukraine lost 100,000 soldiers and 30,000 civilians during the war.
Meanwhile, Kristoffersen said Russia has 180,000 troops either wounded, killed or missing.
More recently, US officials said Russian casualties are fast approaching the 200,000 mark, according to a New York Times report, citing US and other Western officials.
Russia and Ukraine have offered conflicting military casualty figures as the invasion of Ukraine marks a bleak first-year milestone.Getty Images
Both Kiev and Moscow regularly make claims of total enemy casualties, although these figures are often considered unreliable by foreign intelligence agencies.
On Monday, a Ukrainian official claimed that over 5,000 Russian soldiers were killed when the 155th Marines stormed the coal mining town of Vuhledar in late January.
During this attack, Ukraine claimed soldiers killed the brigade’s command staff and destroyed 130 pieces of equipment, including 36 tanks.
Nearly 40,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed in the conflict, which marks its first anniversary on February 24. Getty Images
Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, head of the Tavriskiy district unified press center of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, has claimed Russian forces were losing between 150 and 300 marines a day.
Last week, Ukraine’s military boldly claimed that Russian troops suffered their deadliest day of combat yet, with the number of military deaths rising by 1,030 overnight.
Those numbers put the total death toll from Russian troops at 133,190, according to Kiev.
Western intelligence sources estimate that each side has suffered about 150,000 casualties since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, 2022. SOPA Images/Light Rocket via Gett
Russia has also claimed to have killed large numbers of Ukrainian troops in recent weeks, reporting 6,500 Ukrainian casualties in January alone.
In total, around 30,000 to 40,000 Ukrainian civilians have died in the conflict, AFP reported, citing Western sources.
At least 400 children were killed, according to Ukrainian authorities.
Ukrainian soldiers look on at Russian positions near Bakhmut, Ukraine, February 14, 2023.Getty Images
Despite the high losses, Kristoffersen said Russia could continue the war “quite a long time”.
“The biggest concern is whether Ukraine will be able to keep the Russian Air Force out of the war,” he said, noting that this has been possible so far because of Ukraine’s air defenses.
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