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Russia Should Be Scared: Nearly 75,000 Soldiers Died in Ukraine

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On Friday, Canada joined France in announcing the delivery of heavy artillery to Ukraine.

The Russian campaign in Ukraine is heading from bad to worse, with Ukrainian forces advancing across the battlefield. On day 254 of the war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian military is making good gains in the south and the east as the Russian forces are falling back.

In the south, in particular, the Russian forces are starting to evacuate Kherson City. Should the Ukrainian military liberate the capital of the Kherson Province, Russian President Vladimir Putin will suffer another humiliating defeat. Negotiations are still not an option.

The Russian position in Kherson City is unattainable as the Ukrainian forces have a significant advantage on long-range fires, and thus the ability to target and destroy Russian logistical and communication functions at will. The Russian forces have no defense against the deadly accurate Ukrainian M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS).

No Major Russian Offensive Operations Anytime Soon in Ukraine

Over the past week or so, Russian forces have been suffering significant casualties. Indeed, the Russian military has been averaging more than 500 troops killed every day (meaning an additional 1,000 to 1,500 wounded if we account for the standard two to three wounded for every killed), according to the official Ukrainian claims, which they have been fairly accurate up till now. Clearly, the Russian military can’t sustain such a more significant number of casualties daily and continue to be effective on the battlefield.

At the very least, the Russian forces can’t conduct any major offensive operations, not now nor in the near future. Effective large-scale offensive operations require fresh and well-equipped troops. Russia has neither, for it has been sending any reinforcements it gained from the partial mobilization to the front in a hodgepodge manner to patch up holes on the frontline and prevent the collapse of entire fronts.

Russian Casualties in Ukraine

Overall, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Friday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 74,840 Russian troops (and wounded approximately thrice that number), destroyed 277 fighter, attack, and transport jets, 258 attack and transport helicopters, 2,750 tanks, 1,772 artillery pieces, 5,580 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 391 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 16 boats and cutters, 4,174 vehicles and fuel tanks, 201 anti-aircraft batteries, 1,450 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 155 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 397 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses.

High Casualties Lead to Poor Morale 

It’s no surprise that the high Russian casualties have destroyed morale among the Russian ranks. The incompetence of the Russian officer corps, coupled with the strategic failures of Russian political leadership, have sapped the confidence of the Russian soldier on the ground. Defections and insubordination run rampant.

As a result, the Russian military has established blocking units in Ukraine to stop retreating units, according to the British Military Intelligence.

“These units threaten to shoot their own retreating soldiers in order to compel offensives and have been used in previous conflicts by Russian forces. Recently, Russian generals likely wanted their commanders to use weapons against deserters, including possibly authorising shooting to kill such defaulters after a warning had been given. Generals also likely wanted to maintain defensive positions to the death,” the British Military Intelligence assessed in its latest estimate of the war.

Of course, such tactics only destroy morale further.

Expert Biography: A 19FortyFive Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.


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1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. U

    November 4, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    May be those 75ooo are at your back yard

  2. Jacksonian Libertarian

    November 4, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Russia is buying artillery rounds from North Korea, because they have burned through most of the 10 million rounds laid down during the Soviet era, and can’t produce enough to support this war. Their troops are rebellious cannon fodder, fragging their officers, and surrendering in growing numbers.

    Western weapons makers that want to combat test their weapons in Ukraine better hurry before the Russian military collapses. They may not make it through to the new year.

  3. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    November 4, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Intercepted mobile phone messages continue to paint a near-hopeless, bleak existence for the Russian troops struggling to stay alive amid chronic shortages and inept leadership.
    Countdown to the brutal autocrat Putin being deposed by more intelligent individuals.

  4. Paddy Manning

    November 5, 2022 at 3:40 am

    The only good Orc is a dead Orc. Stop being Orcs, surrender.

    • Cheburator

      November 6, 2022 at 10:58 am

      but the orcs are waging war according to the textbook, and the elves throw meat and lose 8-10 elves per 1 orc.

  5. Jack

    November 5, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Anybody have a estimate of Ukraine troop deaths?

  6. TheDon

    November 5, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Orthodox Bishop Krill has as much guilt as Putin.
    The Ukranian and Russian churchs will be separated for hundreds of years. A man of god approving a war against Ukraine is insane. These wars over the years must be why each country has its own affiliation (Greek, Syrian, Bulgarian, Romanian) orthodox.

    It is Still unbelievable to me he supports a war against a nation with so much integrated history and beliefs , a war aligned with atheist communists. What will he do when these countries decide to send the people to indoctrination camps one day and the world watches unemotionally?

    Putins war is wrong on many fronts. The nations of the world could end it quickly with Russias last weaked troops in Ukraine, but they leave a negotiation door open to restart fuel and food business.

    Appeasement to Hitler didnt work, it bought time to strenghten.

    Increasing world pressure and Ukraine support is crucial for Ukraine, EU, and Russian people.

  7. Cheburator

    November 6, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Why is everyone talking about the 75,000 losses of Russia, but are silent about the more than 500,000 losses suffered by Ukraine.

  8. Froike

    November 6, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Cheb…your numbers are way off. Don’t forget a lot of the casualty numbers are of Ukrainian Civilians murdered by Putin’s Mongol Hordes.
    Besides, Putin has no problem sacrificing another 100 or 200 Thousand more young Russians for his pointless invasion.

    • Cheburator

      November 6, 2022 at 5:45 pm

      This is not Putin, but Ukraine for 8 years shelled two million cities in the center of Europe, and no one noticed this.
      And it was the Ukrainian special services that became a repressive body with a Nazi filling in the best traditions of the Gestapo or latino American dektators. And how many Ukrainians died at the hands of Kyiv is a big question – given the regular shelling of civilians, which for some reason no one notices.

      At the beginning of the war, Ukraine had the largest army in Europe (the Ukrainian army would have eaten up the entire eastern flank of NATO – Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia – in terms of power, all taken place (This is the answer to the question why Russia has been fighting for so long), and Ukraine lost this army in the first months of the war.Only Western assistance allowed to restore the size of the army and equipment, but this assistance was only enough to take 20,000 square miles – while the loss of the Ukrainian army amounted to about 500 000, spending more than 100 billion, about the losses among foreign mercenaries I generally keep quiet, they do not count.

  9. Ben d'Mydogtags

    November 7, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Has there been any independent verification of Russian WIA numbers?

    I suspect the Russian KIA/WIA ratio is likely to be much lower than 1:3, and more likely 1:1.5 or 1:1. Russian troop discipline, training, leadership and logistics performance has been terrible across the board. So I doubt they are effective at first-aid, casualty evac and combat trauma care. I doubt their military medical system is functioning well or supplied well. It is likely a lot of seriously wounded Russians are dying who would be saved if they were in a Western army. Also I suspect the Russian leadership prefers WIAs to be dead and silent and buried rather than maimed and disgruntled and returned back to their home villages.

  10. GhostTomahawk

    November 18, 2022 at 12:30 am

    75k Russians huh?

    How many Ukrainian? Probably more which is why you can’t find their death tolls ANYWHERE.

    The reporting on this conflict is pure comedy. We will support Nazis in Ukraine who have committed horrible crimes now? We will support a corrupt govt who literally is in the FTX scandal?

    WE need a regime change.

  11. Coalclinker

    November 28, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    About a month ago I read that the Ukrainians had lost about 418,000. They’re losing around a thousand a day, so the fatality count is probably somewhere near 450,000 today.

    This article has “stated” that Russian casualties are 75,000. I have no idea where the author pulled that up from, but even if true that’s of no concern to a country who lost 31,000,000 in World War II.

    Meanwhile, Ukraine is “winning” while its entire infrastructure is being destroyed one $200 drone a time, while Russia has had very little war damage even at the borders. “News” can be an entertaining read nowadays.

    I can imagine it’s about to become interesting over there once the ground freezes hard. I suppose when one side or the other is reduced to nothing, we will know. As Joe Stalin used to say, “Death is the solution to all problems- no man, no problem.”

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