The Ukrainian president gave insight into the level of losses incurred by Ukrainian forces in Donbass, saying that 50-100 Ukrainians could die every day.
While Ukraine and its allies have achieved a lot of Russian losses Since the start of the war, the issue of Ukrainian loss of life has been a black hole.
The fiercest fighting is centered around the Twin Cities Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in Luhansk, one of the two provinces that make up the Donbas.
“Today, 50 to 100 people could be killed here in the most complex areas, in the east of our country,” Volodymyr Zelensky He said Sunday evening.
Serhi Hedayi, governor of Luhansk, said in a local television interview Russia “Scorched earth” tactics were used in the area and that Severodonetsk was attacked from “four separate directions”, although Russian forces were unsuccessful in storming the city.
The Donbass region has been the scene of recent fierce fighting that included intense bombardment from both sides, and Zelensky’s statements seem to refer to the fighting dead. The recent high death toll on the Ukrainian side also indicates a higher number of non-fatal casualties.
Historically, the ratio of one operational dead to three wounded was seen as a rough rule of thumb for evaluating losses, although better field medical treatment and evacuation, not least for US forces in theaters such as Afghanistan and Iraq, resulted in much higher survival. Injuries that would have caused death in the past.
According to a published policy brief By Belfer Center in 2014: “The ratio of wounded to dead in battle has increased dramatically as a result of improvements in medical care in conflict areas. This shift is particularly relevant for technologically advanced nations such as the United States, which are investing significant resources in military medicine.”
The new estimate came as Kyiv also revealed its worst military losses from a single attack in the Ukraine War on Monday, saying 87 people were killed last week when Russian forces bombed a barracks housing soldiers at a training base in the north.
Revealing dozens of deaths in the attack demonstrated Russia’s ability to inflict heavy losses, even far from the front. Previously, Kyiv said eight people were killed in the May 17 attack on a barracks in the town of Desna.
“Today we completed work in Desna. In Desna, under the rubble, there were 87 victims. Body 87,” Zelensky said during a speech via a video link to business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
Moscow said at the time that it had bombed a training base with long-range missiles. The death toll given by Zelensky on Monday was more than double the death toll from a similar attack on a Ukrainian training base in Yaraviv in the west in March.
The updated death toll from Desna emerged after recent statements by top Ukrainian officials, including the president, who warned of increased bloodshed in the next phase of the conflict, amid anticipation of a Ukrainian counterattack later in the summer.
Zelensky’s admission of the increasingly heavy losses of the Ukrainian army came on the heels of allegations by the British Ministry of Defense that since the Russian invasion UkraineIt is likely that she suffered a similar number of deaths to those suffered by the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan, although these claims cannot be independently verified.
Like Ukraine, Western allies including the United Kingdom have tended to emphasize Russian losses while avoiding the issue of Ukrainian casualties as part of an information war with Moscow that appears aimed in part at trying to turn Russian public opinion against Putin’s invasion.
British intelligence said in its latest report that a combination of “poor low-level tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility” and a command approach “prepared to foster failures and repeat mistakes” led to a high Russian casualty rate. Released Monday morning.
The report added that the number of casualties continues to rise in the Donbass attack. The Russian public has, in the past, demonstrated its sensitivity to the losses incurred during the Selected Wars. As the number of casualties in Ukraine continues to rise, they will become more visible, and public discontent with the war and willingness to express it may grow.”
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