NewsRussian army's toll reported at 75,000 in ongoing Ukraine conflict, independent sources estimate

Russian army's toll reported at 75,000 in ongoing Ukraine conflict, independent sources estimate

DONBAS, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 24: Military vehicles are seen on a road at sunset on the fields nearby Chasiv Yar battlefield as fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian troops continues on the second year anniversary of the war in Donbas, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on February 24, 2024. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/Anadolu via Getty Images)
DONBAS, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 24: Military vehicles are seen on a road at sunset on the fields nearby Chasiv Yar battlefield as fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian troops continues on the second year anniversary of the war in Donbas, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on February 24, 2024. (Photo by Narciso Contreras/Anadolu via Getty Images)
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6:13 AM EST, February 25, 2024

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Both Mediazona and the BBC have been tracking the number of casualties in Putin's army for several months. The number of killed Russian military personnel listed by them exceed 44,600. However, they stress that the actual death toll is likely higher.

This is why Mediazona and the BBC used the list of identified deceased personnel and the registry of probate cases to calculate the actual male mortality rate in Russia.

According to their calculations, by January 1, 2024, 75,000 Russian men under the age of 50 had lost their lives in the war. This figure does not include the forces of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic.

The analysts behind these calculations believe that the Russian army is facing an average of 3,900 losses each month during the ongoing conflict. If this assumption holds, the total number of Russian military personnel lost by February 2024 would be close to 83,000.

Unclear count of Ukrainian soldier casualties

The precise number of Ukrainian soldiers lost is not clear at this point. In August 2023, the New York Times cited American officials who gave an estimated death toll of 70,000 Ukrainian soldiers. They also provided a range of between 100,000 and 200,000 for the number of injured.

Source: NY Times/Mediazona/BBC

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