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Graphic shows U.S. estimates of Russian casualties in the Ukraine conflict.


قادة من بين قتلى القوات الروسية

By Duncan Mil

March 17, 2022 - بعد ثلاثة أسابيع من غزو الرئيس فلاديمير بوتين لأوكرانيا، فقدت روسيا عدداً من الجنود يعادل عدد قتلى القوات الأميركية على مدى 20 عاماً في أفغانستان والعراق معا.

The Pentagon estimates that Russia has lost more than 7,000 troops. In contrast, the Russian Ministry of Defence admits to just 498 combat deaths.

The Ukrainian newspaper Telegraf published on Tuesday (March 15, 2022) news of the death of Major General Oleg Mityaev, commander of the 150th motorised rifle division. Mityaev’s demise is the fifth loss of a senior commanding officer. Within four days of the invasion on February 24, Putin had lost two generals -- Chechen warlord Magomed Tushaev and Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky of the 41st Combined Arms Army.

On March 7 and 11, Ukrainian forces also killed Major General Vitaly Gerasimov of the 41st Combined Arms Army and Major General Andrei Kolesnikov of the 29th Combined Arms Army.

On March 11, Latvia-based Russian news site Meduza reported the arrest of two members of the Federal Security Service (FSB). The head of the FSB’s so-called 5th Service, Sergei Beseda, and his deputy, Anatoly Bolukh, have allegedly been detained for providing poor intelligence.

During the decade that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lasted, 1979 to 1989, the conflict claimed the lives of just four generals. Russia has already passed that number of dead generals in just 20 days of invading Ukraine, highlighting the military disaster that this offensive has become for Putin.

PUBLISHED: 17/03/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Telegraf, VPR News, Twitter