A senior US defense source said on Friday that the US estimates Russia’s military is suffering hundreds of fatalities every day in its battle in Ukraine, including thousands of lieutenants and captains.
Nearly five months after President Vladimir Putin authorized an invasion of Russia’s neighbor, its soldiers are tearing through eastern Ukraine’s Donbas area, occupying roughly one-fifth of the nation.
According to CIA Director William Burns, the US estimates that Russian deaths in Ukraine have reached roughly 15,000 dead and maybe 45,000 injured, with Ukraine also suffering considerable casualties.
According to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
Hundreds of colonels and “many” Russian generals had been slain in addition to the lieutenants and captains.
“The chain of command is still struggling,” the source added.
Even in times of peace, Russia considers military casualties to be state secrets, and it has not updated its official fatality counts on a regular basis throughout the conflict. On March 25, it was announced that 1,351 Russian servicemen had been killed.
In June, the Kyiv administration claimed that 100 to 200 Ukrainian forces were killed per day.
According to the US source, Ukraine has also destroyed more than 100 “high-value” Russian targets within Ukraine, including command headquarters, ammo depots, and air-defense positions.
Since the start of the conflict, the US has contributed $8 billion in security aid, including $2.2 billion in the previous month.
The Pentagon said earlier this week that the next weapons package will include four extra high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS).
Russia claims to be conducting a “special operation” to demilitarize its neighbor and remove dangerous nationalists.
According to Kiev and the West, Russia is waging an imperialist war to retake a pro-Western neighbor that broke free from Moscow’s control when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.