Even if its estimate is far lower than Western and Ukrainian estimates, it nonetheless foreshadows an unsustainable mortality rate as its soldiers adjust tactics on the battlefield.
Russia announced on Friday how many of its troops had perished in the month-long conflict in Ukraine, providing a significantly lesser account of battlefield fatalities than Western nations and Kyiv have assessed.
According to Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, first deputy commander of the staff members at the Russian Ministry of Defense, over 1,300 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine during what Russian President Vladimir Putin persists on calling a "special military operation." He stated that the state would assume responsibility for assisting the families of these soldiers, including paying for university education, debt forgiveness, and housing stipends.
NATO estimates this week that 7,000 to 15,000 Russians have killed in fighting this month. According to Kyiv's accounting, the figure is in excess of 16,000 people. Russian state news removed a piece earlier this week that put army deaths at about 10,000, alleging the article was published as a result of a cyberattack. Reports of at least a half-dozen deaths among Russian generals and admirals have sparked considerable outrage and criticism of the military's actions.
Regardless of the gap, especially for a supposedly modern force, the Russian report reveals a shocking recognition of battlefield carnage. In comparison, the United States has lost 7,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of two decades of at times severe, grinding conflict.
The announcement on Friday is Russia's first public assessment of its operations in Ukraine, where ostensibly rapid fighting has devolved into a developing stalemate, with entrenched Russian positions beset by inadequate command, logistics, and reinforcements. Putin's decision to utilise more indiscriminate weaponry and siege tactics targeting dense civilian places, like as Mariupol and the capital Kyiv, was anticipated by a depletion of Russian armaments mixed with surprisingly efficient Ukrainian defences, resulting in severe civilian casualties. As Putin has appealed to foreign fighters from Syria and abroad to join his cause, Western officials are growing afraid that Russia may resort to employing chemical or biological weapons to achieve a tactical advantage.
According to a statement made Thursday night about Russia's battlefield casualties, "Russia is likely now seeking to mobilise its reserve and conscript forces, as well as private army companies and foreign fighters, to replace these enormous losses." "How these units will integrate into Russian forces on the ground in Ukraine, and the influence this will have on fighting efficiency, is unknown."
Ukrainian military commanders on the field have informed US News that Russian conscripts and reserve units have become more visible in their actions around the country.
Indeed, as Western military sources pointed out this week, the war in Ukraine has pushed Russia's military to move from combat operations to more defensive combat. From a propaganda standpoint, Myhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said this week that the Kremlin has adjusted its tactics toward more defensive operations "to an acceptable level."