Kremlin Says US Estimate on Russian Losses ‘Plucked from Thin Air’

The White House said this week that Russia suffered 100,000 casualties over the past five months, including 20,000 killed

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that US estimates of Russian losses in Ukraine had no basis and were “plucked from thin air.”

His comments came after the White House estimated Russia suffered 100,000 casualties over the last five months, including 20,000 killed. The White House offered no estimate on Ukrainian losses.

Peskov said that the US had no way to obtain the correct data on Russian casualties. The White House claimed about half of the casualties were fighters for the mercenary outfit Wagner Group, which has been doing much of the fighting in Bakhmut.

Both Russia and Ukraine have kept a tight lid on their casualties in the war. Last fall, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said both sides likely suffered over 100,000 casualties, but the numbers have not been confirmed.

When Pentagon documents allegedly leaked by Jack Teixeira first gained public attention, slides surfaced with vastly different casualty estimates.

One slide said 16,000 to 17,500 Russian soldiers had been killed while as many as 71,500 Ukrainian troops were killed, but US officials claimed to the media that the slide was altered on Russian Telegram channels. The other slide showed the Pentagon estimated between 35,500-43,000 Russians were killed in action, and 15,500-17,500 Ukrainian troops were killed.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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