NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – About 15,000 Russian navy personnel have been killed since the start of Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, the British defence secretary, Ben Wallace, informed the House of Commons on Monday (Apri l 25).
The estimate, based mostly on the British Defence Ministry’s assessments, is on the upper finish of the 7,000 to 15,000 vary that Nato officers estimated a month in the past, however is decrease than what the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on Monday: about 21,900 Russian deaths.
The British Defence Ministry additionally estimates that Russia has misplaced greater than 2,000 armoured autos – together with not less than 530 tanks – in addition to greater than 60 helicopters and fighter jets since the start of the struggle, Wallace stated.
It has been widespread in the course of the struggle for Ukrainian estimates of Russian losses to skew excessive and for Russian estimates to skew low. But the British estimate of Russian deaths is roughly 11 occasions increased than what Russia final claimed, underscoring simply how a lot the human value of President Vladimir Putin’s struggle diverges from what Russians have been informed.
Russia reported 1,351 complete navy deaths on March 25 and has not formally up to date the toll since. Even a month in the past, that determine was already seen by the West and Ukraine as a extreme undercount.
In April, when a Kremlin spokesperson acknowledged “significant losses of troops”, he didn’t present an up to date demise toll.
In idea, the Russian public may by no means obtain one; Putin decreed in 2015 that navy casualties could possibly be categorised as navy secrets and techniques, even throughout peacetime.