NYT: Putin invasion gone bad, nearly 200,000 Russian soldiers dead

“The number of killed and wounded Russian soldiers in Ukraine is approaching 200,000.” The New York Times writes it, commenting that the figure represents “a clear symbol of how badly President Vladimir Putin’s invasion went”. The American daily warns that “casualties are notoriously difficult to count, particularly as Moscow is believed to routinely underreport its war dead and wounded, saying that the number of casualties from fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut and the city ​​of Soledar has been inflated”. (CONFLICT IN UKRAINE: LIVEBLOG – SPECIAL)

Moscow’s strategy

“With Moscow desperate for a major battlefield victory and seeing Bakhmut as the key to seizing the entire eastern Donbass area, the Russian military has sent recruits and poorly trained ex-convicts to the front lines,” the newspaper continued. directly in the path of Ukrainian shelling and machine gun fire. The result, American officials say, has been hundreds of soldiers killed or wounded a day. Russian analysts say the loss of life is unlikely to deter targets of Putin’s war has no political opposition at home and has framed war as the kind of struggle the country faced in World War II, when more than 8 million Soviet soldiers died. said he believed Putin could accept the loss of hundreds of thousands of victims in Ukraine, although higher numbers could bero reduce the political support of him”.

Ukrainian victims

“Even casualty figures from Ukraine are difficult to ascertain,” the newspaper admits, “given Kiev’s reluctance to disclose its losses. But in Bakhmut, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers were also sometimes wounded and killed every day, they said. the officers. The better trained infantry formations are kept in reserve to safeguard them, while the less trained troops, such as those in territorial defense units, are kept in the front line and bear the brunt of the bombardments.”-