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New assessment: Russia's military "very weakened" by offensive in Ukraine

2023-12-09T08:08:24.828Z

Highlights: New assessment: Russia's military "very weakened" by offensive in Ukraine. According to British estimates, about 70,000 Russians have been killed so far. The number of wounded between the start of the war on February 24, 2022 and the end of November 2023 is estimated at 180,000 to 240,000 Russian soldiers, as well as about 40,000 Wagner mercenaries. Russia lost about 28,550 soldiers to death or wounds in the particularly bloody November, an average of 952 soldiers per day.Within a month, there are said to have been more dead and wounded Russian soldiers than ever before.



Status: 09.12.2023, 08:53 a.m.

By: Patrick Mayer

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The Russian army is suffering devastating losses not only at Avdiivka and, according to the Americans, is significantly weakened in the second winter of the Ukraine war.

Los Angeles – The Americans are certain: Vladimir Putin's war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law, has taken an enormous toll on Russia's armed forces, while winter is eating away at Moscow's military resources all the more.

Ukraine war: U.S. believes Vladimir Putin's Russian army has been significantly weakened

In order to prevent protests against the Ukraine war in the Russian Federation, the regime of Kremlin ruler Vladimir Putin is now even supposed to pay hush money to soldiers' wives. While Kiev is now also deploying American M1 Abrams battle tanks to defend against the invasion, Putin's army is currently struggling with a considerable shortage of experienced soldiers and commanders, according to an official assessment by the US government, after all the losses.

The Russian military has been "severely weakened" by the grueling war, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Saturday (2 December) during a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF), a discussion forum for the country's civilian and political elite based in California's Simi Valley near Los Angeles, according to Newsweek news magazine. "Despite his isolation, Putin believes he can outlive the Ukrainians," Austin said in his speech, "but he's wrong."

Young Russian recruits on November 23 in Volgograd at the beginning of their military service. © IMAGO / SNA

The U.S. and its allies have been "working to get many critical weapons systems — including HIMARS, Patriots, Abrams tanks and more — into the hands of trained Ukrainian operators," Austin said at the meeting, according to Newsweek. While the Americans are highlighting Western aid these days and former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (The Greens) is even calling for increased nuclear deterrence against the autocratic regime in Moscow, the British are pointing to the enormous losses suffered by the Russians since their brutal invasion of their western neighbor.

Ukraine war: 70,000 Russians killed according to estimate from London

According to British estimates, about 70,000 Russians have been killed so far. These are 50,000 regular soldiers and 20,000 members of the Wagner mercenaries, the Ministry of Defense in London announced on Monday (4 December). The number of wounded between the start of the war on February 24, 2022 and the end of November 2023 is estimated at 180,000 to 240,000 Russian soldiers, as well as about 40,000 Wagner mercenaries. According to statistics from data researcher Ragnar Gudmundsson, Moscow lost about 28,550 soldiers to death or wounds in the particularly bloody November, an average of 952 soldiers per day.

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Within a month, there are said to have been more dead and wounded Russian soldiers than ever before in the military conflict. According to Reuters, the investigative news portal iStories reported on Monday (4 December) that the latest Russian losses apparently include the well-known tank commander Vladimir Zavadsky. He is the seventh major general and the twelfth senior officer whose death Russia has officially confirmed, the report says. Since mid-October, Russian soldiers have been dying, especially in the apparently hectic and ill-conceived offensive around Avdiivka in the Donbas.

Losses in Ukraine: Russia has "demoted" ground troops, according to the US

The consequences are apparently fatal for the Russian army beyond the current fighting. At the beginning of May, the head of American Defense Intelligence, Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, had stated, according to Newsweek, that it would take between five and ten years for Russia to rebuild the modern capabilities of its troops. He explained this to the US Senate Armed Services Committee at the time.

"This army has largely disappeared, and it is dependent on reserves and reserve equipment from earlier Soviet times," he said: "It will take a while for them to be fit again." Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence, said at the same hearing: "It will take years for the Russians to rebuild their ground forces." Russia has "really significantly degraded" them. And the degradation obviously continues. (pm)

Source: merkur

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