Journalists confirmed the death of more than 47,500 Russian soldiers

Journalists confirmed the death of more than 47,500 Russian soldiers


Journalists identified the names of 47,701 Russian soldiers who died in the war against Ukraine since February 2022. Among the dead are 3,272 officers. An independent count is conducted by the Russian Service of the BBC and Mediazon together with a team of volunteers.

In the two weeks that have passed since the publication of the last report, the death of another 1,023 people has been confirmed.

The most casualties, according to statistics, since the beginning of the war among prisoners recruited to participate in the war from prisons – almost nine thousand people. More than six thousand dead are volunteers, almost six thousand dead are mobilized.

Most of the dead were between the ages of 33 and 35 – almost five thousand people.

The researchers calculate based on open sources – reports from local administrations, mass media and relatives of the dead, as well as data from cemeteries. The real number of losses, in their opinion, can be at least twice as high.

According to the CIA, more than 300,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded since the beginning of the war.

Ukraine and Russia rarely publish data on their losses.

At a press conference on February 25, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time disclosed the losses of the Ukrainian army in the war with Russia. According to him, 31 thousand Ukrainian soldiers died. It is not known whether it was only about the army or about all armed units controlled by the command of the Armed Forces.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in December that the Ukrainian army had lost 383,000 people killed and wounded. Moscow itself does not reveal its losses in the war. According to Zelensky, the Russian army lost 500 thousand people killed and wounded. Parties to military conflicts tend to underestimate their losses and exaggerate the losses of the enemy.

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