UK estimates 500,000 Russian troops killed or wounded in Ukraine war

The sobering figure, released in the ministry’s latest intelligence update on Saturday, highlights the staggering attrition suffered by Moscow’s military in its attempt to capture and subjugate its pro-Western neighbor.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence estimated that the number of Russian troops killed or wounded has likely reached 500,000 since the war began over 15 months ago.

The figure, released in the ministry’s latest intelligence update on Saturday, highlights the staggering attrition suffered by Moscow’s military in its attempt to capture and subjugate its pro-Western neighbour.

Exact figures for military casualties on both sides have been difficult to independently verify amid the fog of war. Russia and Ukraine have each provided significantly divergent totals that analysts consider unreliable propaganda from belligerent nations.

However, the UK assessment offers a credible estimate from Western intelligence on the immense sacrifices being endured by Russia’s forces as they grind ahead in the face of fierce Ukrainian resistance buttressed by NATO weapons and training.

While halting Russia’s advance in its initial multi-pronged offensive, Ukraine has also taken staggering losses in defending its cities, towns and villages from the Kremlin’s relentless bombardments and infantry assaults.

According to presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, over 30,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since the invasion commenced on February 24th, 2022. Ukraine’s military has provided no official toll, citing operational security amid the ongoing hostilities.

As the largest combat engagement in Europe since World War II rages on, concerns mount over the mounting human costs and fears that the conflict could escalate further, potentially drawing NATO forces into direct confrontation with Russia.

With diplomacy stalled and neither side indicating a willingness to relent, the grim projections suggest the devastating toll will only continue climbing in a war that has already lasted far longer than Moscow’s initial plans.