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US Intel: Russia Suffered More Than 100,000 Casualties in Attempt to Capture Bakhmut

US Intel: Russia Suffered More Than 100,000 Casualties in Attempt to Capture Bakhmut


Last Updated: May 02, 2023, 00:15 IST

A Ukrainian service member from a 3rd separate assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, carries a shell as they prepare to fire a howitzer D30 at a front line, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near the city of Bakhmut, Ukraine (Image: Reuters)

The toll in Bakhmut accounts for losses since the start of December, according to the US figures

More than 20,000 Russian combatants have died and another 80,000 were wounded in five months of fighting to capture the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, a White House official said Monday.

โ€œWe estimate that Russia has suffered more than 100,000 casualties, including over 20,000 killed in action,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Kirby, saying he was citing newly declassified intelligence, said that about half of those killed were soldiers recruited by the private military company Wagner, which draws much of its ranks from prison populations in Russia.

The toll in Bakhmut โ€” where Ukrainian troops are hanging onto only a small portion of the city โ€” accounts for losses since the start of December, according to the US figures.

โ€œThe bottom line is that Russiaโ€™s attempted offensive has backfired after months of fighting and extraordinary losses,” Kirby said.

Kirby said he was not giving estimates of Ukrainian casualties because โ€œthey are the victims here. Russia is the aggressor.”

The White House will not put โ€œinformation in the public domain that makes it any harder” for the close Western ally, whose army is being armed and trained by a US-led coalition of countries, he said.

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