Islamabad: More than 50 thousand Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the Ukraine-Russia conflict, said Daniil Bessonov, the First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR.
“Most of the combat-ready units of Ukraine were destroyed or captured,” he said.
Bezsonov said that looking at an overall picture, Ukraine has more than 50 thousand dead – ‘this is if you take the entire front line. Counting the wounded is usually one to three, one to four, that is, roughly speaking, more than 150 thousand may be wounded.’
In an interview on Sky News agency a Ukrainian officer deployed in the Severodonetsk area was quoted saying that that most of his most trained soldiers were wounded or killed. “The losses amounted to about 80% of the well-trained and battle-hardened fighters with whom he had been fighting side by side since 2018,” he identified himself as commander of an elite unit of the Ukrainian Marine Corps, as Olexander.
According to him, heavy losses have a strong emotional and psychological impact on both other units and relatives of servicemen. Olexander admitted that he does not know how long the AFU would be able to bear such losses.
South Front report said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering heavy losses in manpower and military equipment during the battles with Russian, LPR and DPR troops.
“Russian military media are publishing more and more interviews with Ukrainian prisoners of war who served in the rear units, which confirms that the military command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is experiencing a shortage of manpower and uses untrained servicemen as cannon fodder on the front line,” reads the report.