Russia claimed that on the weekend of Aug. 5-6, Ukraine lost 2,040 men. Since then, losses have been 8,570, including 4,215 in the last five days alone as of August 19: 845 on Aug. 14, 735 on Aug. 15, 890 on Aug. 16, 810 on Aug. 17, and 935 on Aug 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that there are 10 times as many Ukrainians dying as Russians.
President Volodymyr Zelensky's Ministry of Defense does not release casualty reports but as per a media portal, "there is mounting evidence that Ukraine has been taking heavy casualties in its counteroffensive," which began June 4. "ABC News spoke with two former U.S. soldiers who are contracted in a special forces division of the Ukrainian military and who were both injured during an operation in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago," the news outlet reported. "Both soldiers are currently in a hospital in Kyiv but said they hope to be transferred to Germany for surgery this week in order to remove shrapnel from their bodies."
One of the men, a former U.S. soldier from Texas, who goes by the callsign "Tango," said his unit took "85 percent casualties" and that 40 percent of the unit was so badly injured they were rendered combat ineffective. Another private military company (PMC) told the news outlet that Ukrainian offensive operations were "disorganized." "We lost three (German-made) Leopards in one day because they were just told to drive forward into a minefield," the anonymous PMC said.
"It was definitely a very professional force that we were fighting against," Tango said adding that newly mobilized Ukrainian soldiers often appeared to lack the necessary training for complicated offensive operations on the battlefield. "It seems like they [Ukrainian soldiers] have been taught to use them [western military equipment] but not to employ them effectively in a tactical sense [on the battlefield]," he said.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry insisted that Russia has lost 256,510 men since the beginning of the war. Other estimates put the figure at 50,000. Combined, nearly 500,000 Ukrainian and Russian soldiers have been wounded or killed in the war, the New York Times reported, citing "unnamed officials."
"Hubris clobbered by Nemesis."
Brian W. Aldiss
Total combat losses of the enemy from February 24, 2022 to August 18, 2023: pic.twitter.com/Sq5aAx4NUn
— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) August 18, 2023
Furthermore, observers like Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have estimations of 350,000 casualties before the start of the much-vaunted "Spring Offensive." According to RFK Jr., people are being lied to about the Ukraine war and that Zelensky has his people killed on the front lines and he has been hiding this fact. "The neocons in the White House have been provoking this war for ten years," he said of the real proponents of the war.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Fox: "We are being lied to about the Ukraine war... Data now shows that about 350,000 Ukrainians have been killed on the front lines and we're not being told that... the neocons in the White House have been provoking this war for ten years." pic.twitter.com/SEuVnCuvLg
— COMBATE |?? (@upholdreality) June 4, 2023
U.S. and Western allies continue to send war artillery to support Kyiv's desperate war with Russia
Officials in Washington D.C. and Europe revealed on Friday that the United States had given its approval for the Netherlands and Denmark to deliver F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to further boost its artillery in its desperate war with Russia. This latest move is just a tacit admission that Kyiv's "counteroffensive" has been a disaster with no air superiority, the Gateway Pundit wrote. (Related: The next major war is reportedly about to begin, and "D-day" has already been chosen.)
This is in line with the recent display of captured Western equipment by Russia at their Army's 2023 convention outside Moscow. The weapons included a U.S. Humvee, a U.S.-manufactured M113 APC, a Swedish-manufactured CV90-40 IFV, and a French-manufactured AMX-10RCR wheeled tank.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has advised Ukrainian soldiers to surrender. "We strongly recommend Ukrainian servicemen who are convinced of the criminal nature of the bandit junta that has seized their country to either turn their weapons against it or surrender to our forces," she said.
British Admiral Tony Radakin seemed to agree when he said: "I think some of the comments that he's (Putin) not well or that actually surely somebody's going to assassinate him or take him out, I think they're wishful thinking."
"As military professionals, we see a relatively stable regime in Russia. President Putin has been able to quash any opposition. We see a hierarchy that is invested in President Putin and so nobody at the top has got the motivation to challenge President Putin," Radakin added.
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