NATO estimated on Wednesday that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in the four weeks since Putin ordered his invasion of Ukraine, where fierce resistance from the country’s defenders has surprised the Russian dictator, denying him the quick victory he anticipated at its outset.
By way of comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 troops over 10 years in Afghanistan.
Ukraine has released very little information about its own military losses, and the West has not given an estimate, but President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said nearly two weeks ago that about 1,300 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed. A senior NATO military official told The Associated Press that the estimate was based on information from Ukrainian authorities, what Russia has released and intelligence gathered from open sources. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by NATO.
Our alliances were revitalized after @POTUS took office, including @NATO. U.S. troops are deployed throughout Europe as our President travels to Brussels to reinforce our ironclad to defending our Allies. #DemocracyNotAutocracy #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦pic.twitter.com/Q1IEzMtpwM
— 🇺🇦Skyleigh Heinen🇺🇸 (@Sky_Lee_1) March 23, 2022
When Russia unleashed its invasion on February 24th in Europe’s biggest offensive since World War II, Putin expected a swift toppling of Ukraine’s government. But with Wednesday marking four full weeks of fighting, Moscow is bogged down in a grinding and unpopular military campaign that has all but bankrupted Russia, with most citizens being openly unsupportive of the war.
— Christopher Burgess (@burgessct) March 23, 2022
President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels on Wednesday to meet with NATO allies in yet another round of talks focused on ending the conflict. The President has promised yet another round of sanctions on a nation already feeling the brunt of tightened trade restrictions from the West.
Based on information currently available, the U.S. government assesses that members of Russia’s forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine. We will continue to share information with allies and partners, and pursue accountability.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 23, 2022
The U.S. has also determined that Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine, and it will work to prosecute the offenders, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. He cited evidence of indiscriminate or deliberate attacks against civilians and the destruction of apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, shopping centers, theaters, and other sites.
I’m on my way to Europe to rally the international community in support of Ukraine and ensure Putin pays a severe economic cost for his war of choice. pic.twitter.com/4UJpyitOko
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 23, 2022