A senior Pentagon official estimated Monday that 80,000 Russians have been killed or wounded in Ukraine since the war began in late February.
“The Russians have probably taken 70 or 80,000 casualties in less than six months,” Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl said.
Kahl also noted that the Russian military had also lost “three or four thousand” armored vehicles, and after firing a large number of targets in Ukraine since launching the invasion, including air- and sea-launched cruise missiles. May run short on available precision-guided missiles. on 24 February.
“The losses are very remarkable given that the Russians have achieved none of Vladimir Putin’s objectives at the start of the war,” he told reporters, referring to the Russian president.
He said the slowdown in Russian forces’ use of long-range and precision guided missiles was a sign that their supplies had fallen closer to what Moscow needed to reserve for “other contingencies.”
Kahl acknowledged that there had been a significant loss of manpower on the battlefield on the Ukrainian side, but gave no figures.
“Both sides are suffering casualties. The war is the most intense traditional conflict in Europe since World War II,” he said.
“But Ukrainians have a lot of advantages, not the least of which is their willingness to fight.”
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