‘Completely baseless’: Kremlin responds to US estimates of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine

The Kremlin dismissed US estimates of the number of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine as “absolutely baseless”. “Washington does not have the necessary information to provide concrete numbers,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency. He called “to be guided only by the statistics published by the Russian Ministry of Defense.”

The White House previously reported that about 20,000 Russian troops have been killed and another 80,000 wounded in Ukraine since December alone, according to US intelligence. Half of the slain troops were believed to be part of Wagner’s militia mercenaries, mostly freed prisoners, who were stationed at the front line at Bagmouth.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke of 5,937 deaths on the Russian side through September. In November, a spokesman for the Moscow-loyal Donetsk administration confirmed the deaths of 3,930 fighters from the region, deaths not included in Sergei Shoigu’s figures. However, experts suspect that this underestimates the true number of victims.

Also, Ukraine does not publish reliable information about losses in its own ranks.

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