Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Thursday that Ukraine is losing between 100 and 200 troops in the fighting against Russia each day.
The estimate is higher than the one offered by Zelensky last week, who said Ukraine was losing between 60 and 100 troops each day. Until last week, Kyiv had not been offering casualty rates, but now it seems Ukrainian officials are sharing their battlefield losses to get more arms from the West.
“The Russian forces have thrown pretty much everything non-nuclear at the front and that includes heavy artillery, multiple rocket launch systems and aviation,” Podolyak told BBC.
Podolyak said that Ukraine needs more of the rocket systems the US and Britain are starting to send, which can hit targets up to 50 miles away, more than twice the range of the M777 Howitzers the US has been providing Kyiv.
“Our demands for artillery are not just some kind of whim… but an objective need when it comes to the situation on the battlefield,” Podolyak said. He added that Ukraine needs 150 to 300 rocket systems to match Russia. So far, the US has pledged to send four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, and Britain has said it will send three US-made M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS).
Since President Biden recently signed a bill authorizing $40 billion for Ukraine aid, it’s possible the US will send many more rocket systems, which risks provoking Moscow as Russian officials have made clear that they view the weapons as a significant escalation. But first, the US has to train Ukrainian troops on how to use the systems, which could take time. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said the US will be training one Ukrainian platoon at a time.
Podolyak also told BBC that Ukraine would only resume peace talks with Russia if Moscow surrendered the territory it has gained since the invasion started on February 24. Podolyak had led the Ukrainian delegation in negotiations with Russia earlier in the war.
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Milley is an imbecile and so is Austin.
Sadly I think they are both bright people, they are also bought and paid for and know who’s going to continue to pay them, for as long as they are useful.
I was in the same Battalion as Milley a long time ago, when he was a company commander, C. co 5/21 7th Id to be precise. I would have briefed him when I worked at battalion headquarters, he didn’t stand out. From what I understand he is very well educated, Ivy league when the other Captains were either West Point or something much less expensive. I get the feeling he was given the job rather than earned it from the guys I’ve talked to.
I guess you can be very bright and an imbecile at the same time though, people have blind spots big enough to drive a tank column through and money buys a lot of true believers. I’m not sure I’d call it outright treason the way they people behave. They probably don’t think of themselves as consorting with the enemy, but honestly it’s close enough that the punishment should be the same. I believe they all sold out a long time ago, but I bet they would pass a lie detector test if asked if they believed they were doing something good.
Money buys a lot of self delusion too and that’s the scary part. There is a lot of delusion going around, like the delusion that Russia was going to run out of gas and that their troops would all surrender, etc. etc.
Lloyd J Austin the Turd is only in his position because due to affirmative action the weak minded were promoted.
Milley on the other hand is just plane retarded along with Joe Senile Biden and Beta male Blinken.
None of them get that high up without going through so many years of schools and promotion boards, etc. etc., that they are all smart people. But they get to the very top jobs because of corruption and he was corrupt and as you point out, the correct color for Biden, who himself admits that he prefers to appoint anyone but white guys whenever possible.
It’s too bad too, the Military is one of the places where they didn’t do a lot of that woke nonsense, not back when I was in anyway. You either earn it or you don’t for the most part. That’s not to say they have a terribly great group of people to start with, but it’s not exactly an easy thing to do, to get that high up in the military is a total and complete bitch and not done by many, even though tens of thousands try. That’s why it’s almost always politics and corruption that destroy armies, not total lack of brains. (Collen Powell was a genius compared to this guy but was still corrupt no matter how much they try to rewrite him into a good guy)
Guy’s like this are smart or at least very cunning in their own ways, they just aren’t courageous enough to risk the thing they worked so hard their entire lives for, which seams to be power, money, glory etc. And I’m sure he’s deluded himself into believing anything he does is right simply because he’s doing it for the good guys.
Thsi war should never have happened. The US and Europe should have refused all military aid and Ukraine would have negotiated a peaceful resolution. Russia wasn’t asking for that much. We all know the NWO wanted the US to fight Russia to force both into the Reset once it was over, Biden and Pelosi want to help Ukraine to continue their checks from them for their Crime Families.
Worse, the demands from Putin that resulted in war were not directed to Ukraine at all. They were sent to the US, and they demanded certain things from NATO, not from Ukraine at all.
It was the US that decided on behalf of NATO that they would call his bluff, and preferred war to diplomatic compromise, if that was the choice.
True. Russia can only negotiate Ukraine’s neutral status, the US missiles in Romania and Poland and the sanctions with the US. Neutrality is not something you can just chose. Neutrality is an agreement between powers to treat another country as neutral. In other words, both of the opposing powers agree not to interfere in a 3rd country. Needless to say that Ukraine has no say over US missiles and Western sanctions.
Only Washington can stop the war.
Yes. Catch 22. Soldiers will give, give, sacrifice-&-give. It will never be enough. Eventually, they will see their own Catch 22. The US* is spending $150 million a day on this war. In this
monthday’s contested battle in the Donbass city of Lysychansk, has a major fight over a salt mine. Do people underserstand how cheap salt is in the marketplace? Proxy war isn’t for the soldiers’ benefit. War is all around lies. Despite Mr Zelinski’s assurances/propaganda; the EU is not giving Ukraine membership right-around-the corner.
*Source: Al Jazeera June 2,2022
Are casualties the low of 60/day offered by Zelinsky, or the high of 200/day offered by his adviser?
Partly, that depends on lies and propaganda. But also in major part, it depends on definitions of “casualties.”
It does not mean “dead.” Even if it did, would it count paramilitary?
Various definitions have been used, often at the same time, to define the wounds that amount to a “casualty.”
Purple Hearts are awarded for wounds suffered in action, often wounds that do not remove the person from his unit or from combat.
At the other end and at the same time, casualty figures often used those who were out of their unit and so out of combat for more than 30 days, or 60, or 90. One day less is not a “casualty.”
Casualty figures have also meant numbers who seek treatment at higher levels of the medical evacuation system. That can mean anything, depending on the medical system and the ability to evacuate men into it.
So 60 and 200 could both be true. They could both be total inventions and lies too, or deliberately exclude whole categories of combatants.
This is a time to realize how little we really know, how much is being hidden from us by those demanding our support.
Indeed – also excluded would be desertions and units surrendered, which are quite possibly a higher number and the decisive factor in victory or defeat.
We can do better than 200 a day. The Russians can certainly kill faster if we push them.
4 HIMARS aren’t in the ballpark of significant. They’re being sent for headlines and as a provocation. Trying to deploy them without air cover is farcical.
NOW Ukraine “needs” 150-300 systems? Just yesterday, it was reported they asked for “60”. What’s next? Will they be asking for ICBMS? F-35 stealth fighters? Nuclear subs? When does it end?
The only thing all these extra weapons will do is further the destruction of Ukraine, kill more Ukrainians, and waste more money.
Time to pull the plug. Restart negotiations, in good faith, and end this disaster, and if that also ends Zelensky’s career, so much the better.
They want it all, of course they do.
They will never do that because it would mean that they were wrong to start this war. Instead, they’ll just have to keep on feeding human souls into the meat grinder of war. I have no words to express the disgust I feel for these people.
200 a day is probably about right. If the Russkies have lost 30K so far, it is a good bet Ukraine has lost a comparable number.
Russian military command continues to face pervasive issues with force generation
Russian officials in Luhansk Oblast have had to reduce their mobilization efforts due to widespread protests against aggressive mobilization efforts that have taken a toll on the labor market in Luhansk.
Attacks on Russian military recruitment offices are additionally continuing.
An unidentified assailant threw a Molotov cocktail at the military commissariat in Vladivostok, which is the eighteenth such reported attack on Russian territory since the beginning of the war.
As Russian officials escalate mobilization efforts over the background of continued losses in Ukraine, they will continue to run the risk of instigating public dissent and pushback against such recruitment practices.
Alas, public opinion in war weary luhansk is unlikely to be decisive to Russia’s war efforts
Not only is this all nonsense, it’s nonsense cut and pasted from various flaky sources. It can be found, word for word, in unreliable sites all over the internet.
Can’t you even write your own BS, Don?
Shut that trap of yours, kiddo.
Did you hear what happened to the lady who spread the lies about Russian soldiers raping Ukrainian babies to death?
saw this on a WRH link;
“”The (russian) envoy noted that the darknet is now abuzz with offers of selling those Javelins (missiles) that Ukraine had received from the US. “”
IMO uncle sam knew in advance that would happen and it is all part of the plan.
way to go uncle sam.
Bummer, but the Russians are losing about the same number, and for the time being Ukraine has more men under arms than the Russians. So unless the Russians declare war and have a general mobilization the Russians will run out of troops before the Ukrainians.
You just can’t stop, can you? So very silly.
Hey, have you thought about living in Murmansk?
No, but I’ve always wanted to go to St. Petersburg during White Nights.
Go there, permanently!
I think the 200 per day loss is men killed. If so what would be the number wounded, captured, or deserted; these are also casualties.
Perhaps the total casualty daily average is 800-1000 per day; a loss rate that would not be sustained for an indefinite time.
Make love, not war ☮️
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