Heavy losses of the Russian army. Up to 250 soldiers die every day

Journalists from Mediazona and Medusa – independent Russian websites and the Russian-language channel of British BBC television; Tasked with calculating the number of deaths among soldiers of the Russian army. It covers the period from February 24, 2022, when the war in Ukraine began, to June 21, 2024.

Based on this, it was possible to accurately calculate that 56,585 people died. However, these are only some of the fallen. The authors developed a second method. It calculates deaths by reading the Russian genealogy registry.

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To make the data as reliable as possible, journalists decided to take into account only Russian citizens. The estimates do not include Ukrainian citizens from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions who died during the war and fought on Russia’s side. and foreigners recruited by Moscow to fight in Ukraine. Using this method, they estimate that 75,000 Russian soldiers will have died in Ukraine by the end of 2023.

This is about the youth mortality rate in Russia. From 2022, the number of deaths in this age group will double. By comparing data collected using all these methods, no death anywhere is counted twice. They estimate that up to 250 Russian soldiers are being killed every day in the war in Ukraine.

In the end, according to calculations, 120,000 people died in the war. Russian soldiers. The authors caution that their calculations may be underestimates. And the true number may have been 140,000 dead.

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