Ukraine Killed 106 Russians in Donbas On Monday – According to Ukraine’s Operational and Tactical Group “East,” 106 Russian troops were killed in the eastern Donbas region on Monday as fighting intensifies.
In a Facebook post, the Ukrainian military unit said that several Russian armored vehicles, ammunition supplies, and weapons were destroyed in combat on Monday as part of an effort to limit Russia’s gains in the region.
“Ukrainian defenders continue to restrain the aggressor in the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical group “East,” the post reads, before listing the total enemy losses for June 20.
According to the post, two warehouses were destroyed, along with two UAVs, five mortars, two artillery systems, and one tank.
Just How Many Russian Troops Have Died?
The exact number of Russian troops lost in the conflict is unlikely to ever be known, but estimates put the number potentially well above 30,000.
“Russia will never disclose the actual numbers of forces killed Ukraine,” explained Harry J. Kazianis, President and CEO of the Rogue States Project and an expert on Russian military tactics and strategy. “But we do know that Putin’s armed forces will be depleted for at least a decade or more as Moscow never dreamed the war would still be waged for nearly four months.”
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, approximately 33,800 troops have been lost in almost four months.
In an update shared on June 19, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also said that 1,477 tanks have been lost, along with 3,588 combat armored machines, 98 anti-aircraft warfare systems, and 181 helicopters.
“The opponent suffered the biggest losses in the Bakhmutsky and Zaporizhzhia directions. / Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) at the Bahmut and Zaporizhzhia direction,” the post continues.
A June 20 report from Russia’s iStories also estimated that Russia has lost 2-4% of all of its personnel in the last four months.
“According to them, Russia’s losses for three months in Ukraine are comparable to the losses of the USSR during the ten-year war in Afghanistan, and exceed the losses for two wars in Chechnya, which, according to official data, amounted to more than 11 thousand people.”
iStories used the data from the Ukrainian General Staff to estimate that more than 33,000 troops could have been lost.
The Kremlin, however, is not quite as forthcoming when it comes to providing accurate data on military losses. The last time the Russian government updated its tally of military deaths was on March 25, barely more than a month since the invasion began. At the time, Russia claimed to have lost 1,351 soldiers.
In June, State Duma deputy Andrew Kartopolov defended the lack of transparency, claiming that the figures had not been updated because the Russian military had “pretty much stopped losing people.”
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