Russia Suffers Major Losses in Bloody Bakhmut Weekend—Kyiv

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Russian troops have sustained further heavy losses as the battle to gain control of the fiercely contested city of Bakhmut drags on, according to the Ukrainian military.

Ukraine’s armed forces killed 710 Russian military personnel in the previous 24 hours, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said on Monday morning. On Sunday, the General Staff reported a daily death toll of 1,090, with the figure placed at 1,010 for the previous day.

The fight to control the eastern Donbas city of Bakhmut has lasted months, and parts of it have become what the British defense ministry described on Saturday as a “killing zone.”

The figures reported by the Ukrainian defense ministry will not correspond entirely to the battle for Bakhmut, and Kyiv’s estimates for Russian casualties typically come in higher than Western estimates. Ukraine’s military said on Monday that a total of 159,800 Russians had been killed in Ukraine since February 24, 2022.

A soldier of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army fires at Russian front line positions near Bakhmut in Ukraine’s Donetsk region on March 11, 2023. Russian troops have sustained further heavy losses as the battle to gain control of Bakhmut drags on, according to the Ukrainian military. Sergey SHESTAK/AFP via Getty Images

However, the U.K. defense ministry said on February 17 that Russian troops and Wagner mercenary fighters had likely sustained up to 200,000 casualties since the invasion began. Up to 60,000 soldiers had died, the ministry evaluated in February.

On Sunday, Russia said that 220 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in a single day in fighting in Donetsk, without specifying the death toll for Bakhmut. The previous day, Ukrainian military spokesperson, Serhiy Cherevaty, said that 221 of Moscow’s fighters had been killed in Bakhmut in the 24 hours before the figure was released.

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