31,000 Ukrainian Troops Killed Since Start of Russia's Full-Scale Invasion

February 26, 2024 - Reading time: ~1 minute

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a recent address at the “Ukraine Year 2024” forum in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revealed that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its full-scale invasion two years ago.

This number is significantly lower than estimates given by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government. Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of each life lost and acknowledged the sacrifices made by these brave individuals.

However, he did not disclose the number of troops that were wounded or missing in action. He also mentioned that “tens of thousands of civilians” had been killed in occupied areas of Ukraine but stated that no exact figures would be available until the war was over.

This is the first time Kyiv has confirmed the number of its losses since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022. While Russia has provided few official casualty figures, a U.S. intelligence report declassified in mid-December 2023 estimated that 315,000 Russian troops had been killed or wounded in Ukraine. If accurate, this figure would represent 87% of the roughly 360,000 troops Russia had before the war.

Independent Russian news outlet Mediazona reported on Saturday that about 75,000 Russian men died fighting in the war during 2022 and 2023. A joint investigation published by Mediazona and Meduza, another independent Russian news site, indicates that Russia’s losses are not slowing down and Moscow is losing approximately 120 men per day.

As the conflict continues to escalate, it remains crucial for both sides to recognize the human cost of this devastating war and work towards a peaceful resolution.

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