Putin Faces Unprecedented Crisis as Russian Losses Mount in Ukraine

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jun.02 - 2024 10:07 AM CET

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Russia's military situation in Ukraine has reached a critical point, according to recent reports suggesting unprecedented losses since the war began.

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The Russian army has reportedly experienced a record number of casualties in May, as Ukraine's Ministry of Defense estimates that 38,940 Russian soldiers were lost over the past month.

"Russian losses hit a record in May," Kyiv noted, marking the highest daily casualties since the invasion began in February 2022.

British Reports Confirm Heavy Losses

While casualty numbers can be uncertain, especially from warring sides, British sources have also reported significant Russian losses in Ukraine.

The UK's Ministry of Defence stated on Friday that Russia likely suffered over 500,000 casualties since early 2022, despite Western analyses often estimating lower figures than those provided by Ukraine.

"Russia's average daily losses in May exceeded 1,200 – the highest in the war so far," the British government noted.

Unprecedented Daily Losses

In mid-May, Ukraine claimed that Russia lost 1,740 soldiers in a single day, underscoring the intensity of the conflict and the heavy toll on Russian forces.

The staggering losses reflect the immense pressure along the frontlines and the challenges faced by undertrained Russian personnel.

Strain on Russian Forces

The reports of record losses come from multiple sources, indicating a broad consensus about the dire state of Russian military operations.

Despite the lack of precise figures, it is evident that Putin's Russia is struggling with its invasion strategy in Ukraine, paying a high price for its aggressive military actions.

"These painful losses are likely due to Russia's ongoing pressure along the frontlines on Ukrainian positions, combined with inadequately trained personnel," the British Ministry of Defence analyzed. The situation highlights the costly and brutal nature of the conflict for Russia, as it continues to face formidable resistance from Ukrainian forces.

The mounting casualties and the sustained pressure on the frontlines point to a significant crisis for Putin, as the war in Ukraine drags on with no clear end in sight.

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