At a panel discussion at the current security conference in Aspen, Colorado, on Wednesday, CIA Director William Burns provided new figures on losses in the war in Ukraine: According to Burns, 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the invasion began on February 24 , 45,000 would have been wounded.
This depiction clearly contradicts the casualties of the Russian armed forces, which the Ukrainian army is constantly circulating: according to Kyiv, 38,750 Russian soldiers have already been killed – that would be 23,750 more than the casualties mentioned by the CIA.
“And the Ukrainians suffered too – probably a little less. But, you know, significant losses,” William Burns is quoted as saying in Focus magazine.
The current strategy of the Russian army is also much more successful than that in the initial phase of the invasion, said the CIA director: “The concentration of Russian armed forces in the Donbass indicates, at least for the moment, that the Russian military has recovered from the failures at the beginning of the has now learned from the war that has been going on for almost five months. In a way, the Russian military has slipped into a more comfortable position – using its advantage and long-range firepower to distance and effectively destroy Ukrainian targets, and to address the military weaknesses they still have. to compensate.”