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Putin Is Lying: Russia May Have Lost Nearly 26,000 Soldiers in Ukraine

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Service members of pro-Russian troops drive a tank during Ukraine-Russia conflict on a road outside the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine April 10, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

Ukraine Says Russia is Desperately Hiding True Death Figures – This week, the Security Services of Ukraine revealed that an intercepted phone call exposed how Russia is desperately trying to hide the actual number of Russian soldiers and Ukrainian civilians killed in the conflict in Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian Security Services, an invading Russian soldier can be heard on the call talking about “makeshift dumpsites” where there are so many corpses piled up that they are around 6 feet high.

“It’s not a morgue, it’s a dump,” the soldier said. “They were just lying one on top of another, it was a dump as tall as a man.”

The soldier, who reportedly sounded tired and dispirited, described how he heard about the mass graveyards from the wife of a soldier who was first reported missing and eventually found at the so-called “dump.”

The wife said that thousands of bodies had been disposed of at the site and that Russians were saying that deceased soldiers left on the site were simply “missing in action.”

Russia Has a Problem – How Many Have Died?

The true number of Russian soldiers killed in the war with Ukraine is unknown, and will likely never be known thanks to the Kremlin’s efforts to hide the figure.

Estimates vary, but reports at the end of April indicated that as many as 25,900 Russian soldiers could have died so far. The number actually came from the same intercepted phone call that revealed how Russia hid the true number of deaths by declaring soldiers missing.

The number was similar to the estimate of 22,800 soldiers offered by Ukraine. The estimate, which was released last month, also suggested that 2,389 armored personnel vehicles, 431 artillery systems, 151 multiple launch rocket systems, and 970 Russian tanks had been destroyed.

As for Ukrainian civilians, the number is also unknown but will likely eventually be determined once the war comes to an end. According to the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission, a total of 7,061 civilian casualties have been verified so far. Among those casualties were 3,381 deaths.

The number, however, is likely to be significantly higher.

“Overall, to date, we have corroborated 7,061 civilian casualties, with 3,381 killed and 3,680 injured across the country since the beginning of the armed attack by the Russian Federation. The actual figures are higher and we are working to corroborate every single incident,” UN spokeswoman Matilda Bogner told a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

“We have been working on estimates, but all I can say for now is that it is thousands higher than the numbers we have currently given to you,” Bogner added about Russia’s causality figures.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. They Call Me Mister T

    May 12, 2022 at 9:50 am

    The number of “intercepted phone calls” implies that Ukraine has even more prolific surveillance than the NSA. But fine, let’s take these numbers as gospel. Where are the piles of burning corpses?

    Or, if you’d like an easier question, why does no one know how many Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or captured? Russia has displayed thousands of POWs on video. Why can I easily find displays of captured Ukrainians but not captured Russians? In fact, it’s easier to find captured mercs like Aiden Aslin than of mass surrenders in line with “low morale” and “piles of corpses!”

  2. Alex

    May 12, 2022 at 10:12 am

    OK. In Ukraine, 10,000 Russian and 1,000 Russian tanks are destroyed every day. It’s not even funny to read, but it’s not interesting anymore. Let’s talk about the collapsed Russian economy:

    The Russian ruble has become the best world currency in 2022. On Thursday, May 12, Bloomberg reported.

    According to the latest data, the ruble has grown by 11 percent against the dollar since the beginning of 2022. Thus, it has become the leader among the 31 major currencies monitored by the agency’s experts.

    The strengthening of the currency came after the measures taken by the Russian government against the backdrop of Western sanctions, writes Bloomberg. It is clarified that the authorities introduced capital controls, and also obliged exporters to sell foreign exchange earnings. In particular, in March, the President of Russia announced a new procedure for paying for gas by European consumers.

    As similar examples, the authors of the article cite the Turkish lira and the Argentine peso, which failed to achieve maximum growth rates after the decisions of the governments of these countries. The Russian currency, on the contrary, responded well to the measures taken, Bloomberg experts conclude.

    Only facts, not squeals and fantasies of Bandera Nazis and Slavophobes.

    • mcswell

      May 12, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Alex, you’ve mastered the art of copy-paste! Amazing… I guess you’re not as dumb as everyone says.

  3. Illurion

    May 12, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Dear “They Call You Mister POOP”

    Your facts are full of POOP.

    There are many videos showing the Ukranians have a TRAIN LOAD of dead Russian soldier bodies in body bags, and they have tried to TURN THEM OVER TO THE RUSSIANS, BUT PUTIN SAYS “NO” because he is lying to the Russian people and saying there aren’t any dead soldiers.

    One of those videos was shown on “60 Minutes” last Sunday at 6pm, and over 40 million people watched the video of Rail-car , after Rail-car full of stacks of body bags filled with dead Russian soldiers.

    There are also many videos of the “MOBILE CREMATORIUMS” that the Russians brought with them at the start of the invasion to “cremate” their own dead Russian soldiers immediately after their death…..

    However, the Ukrainians DESTROYED ALL 3 “MOBILE CREMATORIUMS”, which is why the Russians now have no where to place all of the thousands of dead bodies of their soldiers…

    So the Russians have a problem…

    – They can’t BURY their dead soldiers in Ukraine, because the Ukrainians will just DIG THEM UP…

    – They can’t take the dead bodies back to Russia, because they are lying to the Russian people and saying that THERE ARE NO DEAD SOLDIERS AND SAILORS…

    So they are just piling them up until the war is over and someone makes a decision.

    I feel so sorry for the poor Russian parents of all of those 27,000 dead soldiers and sailors.

    And the number of dead Russian soldiers is going to DOUBLE soon, because Ukraine and its allies are quietly building toward what History will call the “SECOND NORMANDY”………

    The massive counterattack that will overwhelm and defeat the Russian invaders, and take back all of eastern Ukraine and the Crimea.

    This is definitely NOT the right time in history to be in the Russian military.

  4. Alex

    May 12, 2022 at 11:48 am

    OK. In Ukraine, 10,000 Russian and 1,000 Russian tanks are destroyed every day. It’s not even funny to read, but it’s not interesting anymore. Let’s talk about the collapsed Russian economy:

    The Russian ruble has become the best world currency in 2022. On Thursday, May 12, Bloomberg reported.

    According to the latest data, the ruble has grown by 11 percent against the dollar since the beginning of 2022. Thus, it has become the leader among the 31 major currencies monitored by the agency’s experts.

    The strengthening of the currency came after the measures taken by the Russian government against the backdrop of Western sanctions, writes Bloomberg. It is clarified that the authorities introduced capital controls, and also obliged exporters to sell foreign exchange earnings. In particular, in March, the President of Russia announced a new procedure for paying for gas by European consumers.

    As similar examples, the authors of the article cite the Turkish lira and the Argentine peso, which failed to achieve maximum growth rates after the decisions of the governments of these countries. The Russian currency, on the contrary, responded well to the measures taken, Bloomberg experts conclude.

    Only facts, not squeals and fantasies of Bandera Nazis and Slavophobes.

  5. Alex

    May 12, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Russia’s oil revenues have grown by 50% since the beginning of the year, despite trade restrictions imposed after the start of a special operation in Ukraine, writes Bloomberg citing a report by the International Energy Agency.

    “Russia has earned approximately $20 billion monthly since the beginning of 2022 from cumulative sales of oil and petroleum products at an export level of 8 million barrels per day,” the document says. As the IEA noted, supplies from Russia continue to flow despite the fact that the EU is currently discussing a ban on energy imports, and major international oil companies Shell and Total Energy promise to stop purchases.

    Russian energy resources are in high demand in Asia, especially in India and China. Experts emphasize that the reduction in the supply of refined products from Russia, such as diesel fuel, fuel oil and naphtha, has exacerbated tensions on world markets. At the same time, stocks of so-called middle distillates (some types of petroleum products that are obtained as a result of the distillation of hydrocarbons, including heating and marine fuels) are at their lowest level since 2008.

    Another collapse of the Russian economy. I am sure that in Russia they clap and thank you.

    • h

      May 12, 2022 at 2:34 pm

      It’s not a functioning economy to boast about if those revenues line the pockets of kleptocrats to the point conscripts from eastern Russia today still don’t know what a flushing toilet is, just like the soldiers from eastern Russia advancing on Berlin in 1945.

  6. Alexis is trembling

    May 12, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    God loves dead russians.

    Smile for the suicide drone, princess Alexis

    Warheads on foreheads, princess.

    We are coming for you.

  7. Stefan Stackhouse

    May 12, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    I guess when you just leave your fallen soldiers on the road as you retreat, it can be difficult to get an accurate count.

  8. Alex

    May 12, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    What is the war between the US and Russia? The answer is simple:

    This is a scorched Europe, Britain at the bottom of the ocean, the Canadian-Mexico Strait and the destruction of the European and not only part of Russia. Who won? None. But due to its geographical position, Russia has a better chance of recovery.

    Will it be because of the currently Nazi Ukraine? Very little chance. The taxpayers of Europe, Britain and the US will not want to die because of the imperialist desires of their some Nazi rulers. This is not 1939. This means a war of extermination. Anyone understands this and will not jeopardize their family, their people, their country for the Bandera Nazis and some idiot politicians of the West.

  9. Vladolph Putler

    May 13, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Odd that what is clearly a paid Russian troll- is able to get away with such pathetic trollery. Speaks to Russian competence in general.

    I mean the cut and paste is comparable to a child who doesn’t want to hear truth- sticking his fingers in his ears and going NA NA NA NA NA!

    And the Russians don’t even fire him! 😀 Incompetence truly must pervade all of Russian society.

    Russian trolls think they will weather a nuclear exchange! 😀

    Yup, and when Darth Biden is commiserating with Putin- “Oh I’m afraid western systems are fully operational.” As Putin realizes that Russians have neither the competence nor luck of the Rebels.

    • Eric

      May 13, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      Yup.

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