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Often young and inexperienced military: Russian army is said to have lost 1,500 officers

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The Russian army is said to have lost around 1,500 officers in its war against Ukraine – including almost 160 generals and colonels. This is based on several independent studies, reports the British “Independent”.

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An investigation by the BBC and the independent Russian media company “Mediazona” counts 1,449 dead Russian officers. The number is based solely on confirmed sources that name the dead.

However, the BBC and “Mediazona” estimate that their evaluation only reflects 40 to 60 percent of those who actually died. The dead officers, on the other hand, are often young and inexperienced military personnel who have only recently been promoted. Her death rate is many times higher than that of her subordinates.

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The KilledInUkraine Twitter account suggests that as of November 25, 1,500 Russian army officers have died. “That’s 500 per quarter.” Accordingly, the number of dead among the first lieutenants is particularly high: 496.

The list was also quoted by Ukrainian colonel Anatoly ‘Stirlitz’ Stefan on Monday, reports The Independent. Accordingly, more than 150 colonels and lieutenant colonels, 204 majors, 294 captains were killed in the Ukraine war. At the top level of the Russian army, eight major generals and two lieutenant generals died. Media around the world reported about the losses in the leadership of the Russian army.

Both countries are reluctant to report losses. At the end of August, the supreme commander of the Ukrainian armed forces, Valeriy Zalushnyi, named 9,000 soldiers dead. At the end of September, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke of 5,937 dead Russian soldiers.

However, the numbers will be many times higher. A little over two weeks ago, US Chief of Staff Mark Milley gave figures of more than 100,000 soldiers killed and wounded in the Russian and Ukrainian armies. (with agencies)

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Source: Tagesspiegel

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