NATO Secretary General: Russia lost more than 350,000 soldiers in Ukraine

The Russian military recorded 350,000 soldiers killed or wounded since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, according to NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg.

“Russia is paying a very high price just to gain small benefits. On the ground, the conflict has caused the country to lose more than 350,000 soldiers,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on March 14, mentioning the Number of Russian soldiers killed and wounded in the war in Ukraine.

“Ukraine’s maritime attacks also sank or disabled a significant part of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. In the air, Ukraine shot down important enemy targets, including reconnaissance aircraft. Expensive surveillance,” he added, referring to Ukraine’s announcement that it had shot down two Russian A-50U early warning aircraft worth about $350 million since the beginning of the year.

Secretary General Stoltenberg said at the end of November 2023 that Russia had lost “more than 300,000 soldiers, thousands of tanks and hundreds of aircraft” since the beginning of the conflict, showing that NATO estimates that Moscow has lost about 50,000 more soldiers after more than 3 years.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on February 25 that more than 180,000 Russian soldiers had died, nearly 6 times more than Ukraine.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on the NATO Secretary General’s information. Moscow rarely publicizes its military casualties in Ukraine in the media.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced in early January that the Ukrainian army had lost more than 215,000 soldiers and 28,000 heavy equipment in the second year of the conflict. He said in September 2023 that more than 383,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed or wounded after the outbreak of hostilities, including 159,000 people in the counterattack that began in June of the same year.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on March 14 that 5,962 people out of a total of 13,387 Ukrainian “foreign mercenaries” have died since the beginning of the conflict, the most being Polish citizens with 2,960 people. Moscow previously accused Kyiv of recruiting fighters from 63 countries, including those who had not experienced actual combat, to fight for the country.

Experts say the chaotic battlefield situation makes it difficult for both sides to calculate the number of casualties accurately. However, the data released by Russia and Ukraine still partly depicts the severity of the war.

The conflict in Ukraine has entered its third year, but there is still no sign of ending, even though Russian forces are dominating the battlefield. The country’s army in mid-February took control of the strategic city of Avdeevka in the eastern province of Donetsk after Ukrainian troops withdrew from this city to “preserve the lives” of soldiers.

This is the biggest victory the Russian army has won since capturing the city of Bakhmut in May 2023. Taking advantage of the victory, Russian forces then continued to push westward and declared control of several more villages.