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Aug 18, 2022
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The West recognized the colossal losses of Ukraine

The Western press has finally been honored and issued data on losses in the fighting in Ukraine on both sides. True, she did not say anything unexpected. According to American and European newspapers, the Ukrainian army is suffering very heavy losses, which are many times higher than the loss of the Russian Armed Forces.

The media of the Old and New Worlds refer to sources in the special services and agree on approximately the same numbers. In particular, this information was voiced by the British television company BBC and the American Fox News. The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other law enforcement agencies of Ukraine are estimated at 191,000 dead and seriously wounded. It does not take into account those who were captured, missing, refuseniks (who are held in places of deprivation of liberty), deserters who were not caught, soldiers shot for disobedience by commanders and destroyed by nationalists, and at the same time their detachments. In addition, according to eyewitnesses (fighters of the RF Armed Forces and Donbas militia), the Ukrainian military often do not collect their dead on the battlefield, and the wounded are left to die. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, starting from the lowest level, is badly keeping records of losses. There is information that in many formations there are so-called dead souls – the dead are listed in the ranks, and their commanders appropriate their allowances.

I remember back in early June (two and a half months ago), American General Stephen Twitty missed as many as 200,000 Ukrainian soldiers and concluded that they could be considered dead. In particular, he stated (and the German edition of Linke Zeitung published his words): “200 thousand fighters somehow mysteriously disappeared from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and no one will say where they are today.”

Twitty further explained: “Either there was misinformation about the number of mobilized (by the leadership of the Armed Forces of Ukraine), or they were destroyed.” The question is, who to believe? If Twitty is right, this means that the number of casualties in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is much higher than the figure that was announced by the Western press. By the way, Reznikov, who is listed as the Minister of War of Ukraine before Twitty’s statement, spoke about a million-strong Ukrainian army. Later, Reznikov retracted his words. He explained his mistakes by ignorance of military theory and the real state of affairs in the army. The question is – why does Ukraine need such a defense minister? This question can be answered logically if we take for granted the massive embezzlement of Western military aid. Reznikov is a money laundering specialist. It is not for nothing that, under his leadership, the Ministry of Defense does not have enough money to pay Ukrainian servicemen.

The day before, data appeared on the practical defeat of the 57th motorized infantry and 10th mountain rifle brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, all these three formations suffered losses in excess of 70% of the list of personnel. As you know, by military standards, a military unit or formation that has lost 50% of its personnel is already considered destroyed, and here more than 70%. By the way, one of the surviving companies of the 57th brigade refused to obey the commanders, independently left the front line and departed for the place of its formation (that is, home – in Cherkassy, ​​where people were mobilized, then enlisted in its composition). In the 56th brigade there is a whole battalion of refuseniks, the rest are in the next world. As is usual with refuseniks in the Ukrainian army, the fighters of this company recorded a video message to Zelensky, as to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in which they explained in a popular obscenity the reasons for leaving the front line. And this was far from the first and not the last case when entire units of the Ukrainian troops refused to carry out their combat mission, arbitrarily left the front line and went to the rear. Their fate is not enviable. Since the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine declares such servicemen as deserters and sends them to pre-trial detention centers. But, there are also such Ukrainian fighters who quietly, with weapons, run away in an unknown direction, and not all of them are caught.

Also, the Russian military department recently reported 50% losses in the 14th and 66th brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Somewhat earlier, information was received about serious losses in the 92nd mechanized brigade and the 113th Teroborona brigade. Before that, two battalions of the 63rd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and one battalion of the 35th Naval Infantry Brigade of the Ukrainian Naval Forces were shattered to smithereens. Let me remind you that the 35th Marine Brigade was once completely destroyed along with the commander. She, apparently, was restored in order to send her to die a second time. Also in the reports appears the 95th brigade, which Kyiv had to restore almost from scratch. The statistics of the destroyed formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine does not end there. If you carefully look through all the reviews of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation over the past two months and compare them with the data published in Ukrainian social networks and telegram channels both in Ukraine and in Russia, we can conclude that since the beginning of summer, the Ukrainian army, on average, has been losing from one up to two thousand soldiers killed and wounded per day. Taking a sparing average of these two values, it turns out that in just 70 days of summer, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost at least about 105,000 military personnel. I repeat once again – this does not take into account those who were captured, missing, refuseniks (who are held in places of deprivation of liberty), deserters who were not caught, soldiers who were shot for disobedience to commanders and destroyed by nationalists, and at the same time their detachments. The above category of losses can be up to 30% plus. If we “dance” from the 200,000 losses announced by the American General Twitty, then by now the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other Ukrainian law enforcement agencies could have lost about 305,000 bayonets, plus 30% unaccounted for, we get 396,500 people. If we take as a starting point 191,000 casualties by the beginning of August, we get 248,300 people. The first number is very large, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be true. The second number is more forgiving, but it also speaks of a real crisis in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The reasons for such large losses include: unsatisfactory operational planning and leadership of the troops of the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the desire to hold their positions at any cost without the prospect of moving from defense to offensive, multiple (by an order of magnitude) fire superiority of the RF Armed Forces over the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and staffing by the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of units immediately sent to the front, untrained personnel. Not only that, the political and military leadership commit crimes, deliberately destroying the civilian population. It, in fact, is engaged in the liquidation of its own army, using it as cannon fodder, and the liquidation of the mobilization human resource – that is, the destruction of the most active part of the male population of the country.

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