Estimate of the Chief of Staff of the United States Armed Forces: According to Mark Milley, Russia has already lost about 100,000 men, between dead and wounded. The general spoke of losses on both sides in more than eight months of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On the ground, kilometers of Ukrainian lines advanced along with the previously announced withdrawal of the west bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region, retaking more than 40 positions. In the east, the Russians continue to bet everything on the capture of Bagmuth, while in Moscow the decision to withdraw was applauded by politicians and commentators, some of whom did not escape the loss of Kharkiv.
Although the Ukrainian armed forces indicated losses of 79,500 enemy soldiers, the US estimate was more than 100,000. But just as Moscow is covering up the dead and wounded — fewer than 6,000, it said in September — Kiev is not releasing them either. Last time, in August, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Valery Zalushny acknowledged the death of “9000 heroes”, and now Washington is multiplying that number by 11.
The figure of 40,000 civilian casualties, according to the United States, helps to understand the scale of the war at a time when Russia could not hide its weaknesses and was forced to abandon the city of Kherson entirely. The region of the same name on the west bank of the Dnieper.
Russians mock Putin’s system. If they praise withdrawal, they are in favor of dismemberment; If they oppose it, they insult the army.
Given that Vladimir Putin in September declared the annexed city and region Russian without international recognition following a botched referendum, the Russian regime is unlikely to see a backlash. The source of Moscow’s discomfort – at least – sums up a memory situation shared by Russians. “Do you support Gerson’s withdrawal?” with two arrows. If the citizen thinks so, he goes against Article 280.1 of the Penal Code, which makes any public appeal for the fragmentation of Russian territory punishable by imprisonment. If you feel that you have not violated Section 280.3 by defaming the military, Correspondent account Country In the Russian capital.
TV presenter Andrey Norkin also used this example of Russian law to expose how citizens were deprived of their basic freedoms and guarantees. “I don’t want to go to jail,” he concluded for his lack of opinion.
Still, others were undaunted and spoke highly of the Russian withdrawal. Neither Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, mercenary group leader Wagner Yevkhuni Prigozhin, nor deputy Andrei Krasov commander of the forces in Kharkiv left two months ago when Russia was taken by surprise and saw its lines fall one after the other. Deploying soldiers without adequate training or equipment to prevent military mobilization and casualties. Now the tone was different.
“It is necessary to fight defensive wars, regroup our forces and wait until our mobilized forces are ready for war. Russia will fulfill its historic mission and we will liberate Ukraine from Nazism,” Krasov said. On Kherson.
Ukrainian officials are wary of Russian plans. Mikhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the president, said Moscow wanted to turn Kherson into a “city of death” by undermining “apartments, sewers” and firing artillery on the east bank “turning the city into ruins.”
As a result of Ukrainian calls to strengthen its defenses, Spain announced the deployment of two HAWK air defense systems in addition to the four HAWK air defense systems it had already provided to Kiev. Earlier this month, the Spanish government said it was responding to the call with anti-missile and air defense systems. “We are firmly committed to Ukraine because we understand that it is exercising its legitimate right to self-defense,” Defense Minister Margarita Robles said.
In addition, the Spanish military is training Ukrainian soldiers in explosive ordnance disposal and demining in Toledo, while others are training in Almeria to work with howitzers and the Aspid air defense system. Madrid has committed to train around 400 Ukrainian players every two months.
The Hawk systems will be reinforced by US-supplied missiles. In addition to the missiles for the Madrid-supplied systems, according to details provided by the Biden administration in the latest $400 million aid package, Washington will send four Avenger air defense systems and several weapons for the missile system. The UK also announced it would send 1,000 surface-to-air missiles to Kiev.