WASHINGTON | Nearly 80,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or injured since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Pentagon number three Colin Kahl said Monday, stressing that the targets announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin have not yet been achieved.
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“The Russians lost probably 70,000 or 80,000 troops in less than six months,” Mr. Kahl, deputy secretary of defense for political affairs, told reporters, noting that this figure covers the dead and wounded.
Russian forces also lost “3,000 or 4,000” armored vehicles, and may lack precision-guided missiles, including air-to-surface and sea-to-surface missiles, he added.
“It’s quite remarkable considering that the Russians failed to achieve any of Vladimir Putin’s goals at the start of the war,” the US official continued.
“They’ve made some progress in the east, albeit very little in recent weeks,” he noted. “But this came at an extraordinary cost to the Russian army because of the quality of the Ukrainian army and the international aid it received.”
Mr. Kahl acknowledged that the Ukrainian forces had also suffered heavy losses, without quantifying them.
Kyiv reported at least 10,000 dead and 30,000 wounded in its troops.
According to a military source who requested anonymity, the Ukrainian army, which was strong with 170,000 active soldiers and 100,000 reservists at the start of the war on February 24, has been reinforced to reach 300,000 to 350,000 soldiers. .
Prior to the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, some 150,000 to 200,000 Russian troops were deployed on Ukraine’s borders, according to Western estimates.