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Russia and Ukraine have experienced significant losses in the ongoing war in Ukraine, with more than 500,000 military casualties per the latest estimates from the United States.

According to a senior US defense official, 315,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded, and the Russian navy has seen the destruction of 20 medium-to-large ships in the Black Sea, along with one tanker. In addition, mixed reporting indicates that Ukraine’s losses could be between 150,000 and 250,000 troops.

Russia Bodies Ukraine

In addition, a senior US official said the financial impact of the war on Russia is significant, with an estimated $211 billion spent on the war efforts and a projected $1.3 trillion loss in economic growth through 2026. Despite these challenges, Russia maintains control over approximately 18% of Ukrainian territory, particularly in the eastern regions, even as it struggles to achieve broader strategic objectives amidst heavy losses, especially around contested areas like Bakhmut.

The conflict has also showcased Ukraine’s resilience and tactical ingenuity, particularly in naval engagements. Without an official navy, Ukraine has effectively used asymmetric strategies to challenge Russia’s naval dominance in the Black Sea, including significant drone strikes on Russian fleet headquarters in Crimea.


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