White House says Russia has suffered 100,000 casualties in Ukraine during just ... trends now
The White House said Monday that Russia has suffered 100,000 casualties, with more than 20,000 killed in action, during just the past five months amid the grinding conflict in Ukraine.
It reflects how Moscow's hopes of rapid victory gave way to a brutal war of attrition that carries a huge cost.
Coupled with previous estimates by other U.S. officials it could put the total number of Russian casualties at 200,000 since Moscow invaded last year.
John Kirby, White House security spokesman, said Russia's attempt at an offensive in the eastern Donbas region, through the city of Bakhmut, had largely failed.
'For Russia this attempted effort, particularly in Bakhmut, has come at a terribly, terribly high cost,' he told reporters.
John Kirby, White House security spokesman, said Russia's attempt at an offensive in the eastern Donbas region, through the city of Bakhmut, had largely failed
Police are seen at the site of a residential area hit by a Russian military strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the town of Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk region
'Russia has exhausted its military stockpiles and its armed forces and since December alone ... we estimate Russia has suffered more than 100,000 casualties, including over 20,000 Killed in action, nearly half of whom were Wagner soldiers, the majority of whom were Russian convicts that were thrown into combat... [without] sufficient combat training, combat leadership, or any