A senior adviser to President, Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Ukraine has lost no fewer than 13,000 soldiers since the war broke out between it and Russia in February this year, even as Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu also announced in September that 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed in the same war.
Mykhailo Podolyak told Ukraine’s Channel 24: “we have official estimates from the General Staff… And they range from 10,000 … to 13,000 dead.”
Zelensky would make the official data public “when the right moment comes.”
In June, as Russian forces battled to take full control of the easternmost Lugansk region, Zelensky said Ukraine was losing between 60 and 100 soldiers per day, killed in action, and around 500 people wounded in action.
War analysts have said that both sides are likely minimizing the losses to avoid damaging the morale of their troops.
Top US general, Mark Milley last month said that more than 100,000 Russian military personnel have been killed or wounded in Ukraine, with Kyiv’s forces likely suffering similar casualties.
Those figures, which could not be independently confirmed, are the most precise to date from the US government.
Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed in the worst fighting in Europe in decades.