15,000 Russian soldiers killed during Ukraine invasion, claims NATO

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Kyiv (Ukraine): Today is the 29th day of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Russia has intensified its offensive to seize the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Despite severe criticism at the international level, Russia is still not ready to back down from its military campaign against Ukraine.  

Russia is constantly bombing Ukrainian military bases and residential areas.

However, despite being no match for Russia’s military might, Ukraine is still trying its best to fight the Russian Juggernaut. 

As the Russian military enters major cities during its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, it is facing fierce resistance from Ukrainian forces in densely built urban areas.

Both sides have sustained heavy losses as intense fighting continues.

The latest NATO estimate said between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the four-week war in Ukraine.

Russia had launched its offensive exactly a month ago. NATO estimates suggest that Russia may have lost as many soldiers as there were killed in the entire 10 years of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. NATO’s estimate was based on information received from Ukrainian officials.

The casualties on the Ukrainian side are also unclear, as the Zelensky administration has released little information on its own military losses. No confirmed data has been shared by the US and its allies monitoring the war. About two weeks ago, Zelensky said that about 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the war.

On March 2, Moscow said that 498 of its soldiers had been killed in the war. Earlier this week, the pro-Kremlin newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda removed an online article that revealed nearly 10,000 soldiers had been killed in the war and more than 16,000 were wounded.

There are also allegations of a large number of top-ranking Russian officials killed during the conflict. An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that six Russian generals and dozens of colonels had lost their lives.

“What is important to me is the heavy casualties reported by colonels and above, which are the backbone of the Russian military, not just generals,” a senior diplomat in Moscow told Reuters. 

Meanwhile, defence analyst Konrad Muzyka said it would be a “big deal” if even two generals were killed.

“We’re not only talking about generals, we’re also talking about colonels who are definitely really high in the organization as well,” he said.

As the invasion by Russia enters its fifth week, Ukraine is urging Western countries to supply more weapons. Sweden has agreed to send 5,000 more anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to urge his allies to increase their contribution of military equipment.

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