Ukraine: nearly 80,000 Russian soldiers killed or injured, according to the Pentagon
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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 not yet been achieved.
“The Russians probably lost 70,000 or 80,000 troops in less than six months,” Defense Secretary Kahl told reporters. deputy for political affairs, noting that this figure includes the dead and wounded.
Russian forces have also lost “3,000 or 4,000” armored vehicles, and may lack precision-guided missiles, including missiles air-ground and sea-ground, 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. is, although very little in recent weeks,” he noted. “But this came at an extraordinary cost to the Russian military because of the quality of the Ukrainian military and the international assistance 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 military.
Before the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Russian troops were deployed on Ukraine's borders, according to estimates Western.