Over 20,000 Russians killed in Ukraine since December
May 2, 2023 - More than 20,000 Russian soldiers have been killed and a further 80,000 have been wounded in fighting in Ukraine since December, the U.S. estimates.
Half of the dead are from the Wagner mercenary group, who have been attacking the eastern city of Bakhmut.
Russia has been trying to take the small city since last year in a grinding war of attrition.
Moscow currently holds most of Bakhmut, but Ukrainian troops still control a small portion of the city in the west. The fierce battle has taken on huge symbolic importance for both sides.
Ukrainian officials have also said they are using the battle to kill as many of Russia's troops as possible and wear down its reserves, according to the BBC.