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Analysis of the Ukraine War: Over 50,000 Russian Forces Killed

Analysis of the Ukraine War: Over 50,000 Russian Forces Killed

BBC has received information that the number of Russian forces killed in the Ukraine war has exceeded 50,000.

According to these findings, Russian military losses in the second year of this war—during which Moscow continued its pursuit of its so-called “meat grinder” strategy—were about 25 percent higher than the first year of the war.

The Russian section of BBC, the independent media group Mediazona, and volunteers have collected casualty figures from February 2022 until now. New graves in cemeteries provided the grounds for many soldiers to be listed.

BBC teams also examined official reports available in public sources, newspapers, and social media. Their findings indicate that more than 27,300 Russian soldiers were killed in the second year of the war, indicating a hefty human cost for territorial acquisition.

In response to the BBC report, Russia stated that only the Russian Ministry of Defense can provide information on this matter. The term “meat grinder” is used to describe Russia’s method of continuously deploying groups of soldiers to the front lines to wear down Ukrainian forces and identify their positions by Russian artillery.

The overall figure of Russian casualties—more than 50,000—is eight times higher than the official casualty figure announced by the Russian government in September 2022. The actual casualty figure is likely much higher.

Casualties among paramilitary forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine are not included in BBC’s analysis. According to BBC, if paramilitary casualties were also considered, Russian casualties would be much higher.

Meanwhile, Ukraine rarely comments on casualties among its forces in the battlefields.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, announced 31,000 Ukrainian military casualties in February, but estimates based on US intelligence suggest that the casualties in this country are much higher than this figure.