In the current propaganda battle, the Ukrainian government is also firing at the top of its lungs with constantly new casualty figures from the Russian army. Apparently as a direct reaction to the catastrophe at the 79th airborne brigade in Mykolayiv, which could hardly be concealed, in which more than 80 Ukrainian soldiers were probably killed in a single rocket attack, Kyiv is now publishing the latest loss figures of the Russian invaders via the Telegram channel – and they should are only approximately correct, then the Kremlin has a massive problem.
The statement by the Ukrainian army on Saturday gives the following figures: 14,400 Russian soldiers and officers had already fallen in the 24 days of the war, 466 main battle tanks had been destroyed, as well as 1,470 infantry fighting vehicles, 213 artillery pieces, 72 multiple rocket launcher systems, 44 anti-aircraft guns, 95 fighter jets and 115 helicopters.
Overall, after 24 days of war, the Russian army would have to cope with a casualty of 58,600 men, the Ukrainians claim: Moscow also has 43,200 wounded to take care of, and there is a shortage of 1,000 men who have been taken prisoner.
It is remarkably rare that the Kremlin itself publishes loss figures that seem realistic. That the data provided by the Ukrainians could be exaggerated is believed by military experts: they estimate that the total number of casualties in the Russian army (wounded, prisoners, dead) could be around the 14,000 men mentioned.
That a quick decision can be expected in a few days can currently be ruled out: According to the experts of the “Critical Threats” project of the “Institute for the Study of War”, the Russian army is working its way from south to north and is holding the positions in the north and east of Kyiv.