Russia's military losses in Ukraine war reach 500,000 - French FM

French Foreign Ministry says Russia lost 500.000 soldiers in war against Ukraine
French Foreign Ministry says Russia lost 500.000 soldiers in war against Ukraine

Russian losses in the ongoing conflict with Ukraine have reached approximately 500,000, a substantial military toll highlighted by French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné during a May 3 interview with Novaya Gazeta.

"Europe and its partners will remain united and determined for as long as it takes," said Séjourné.

"Russia's military failure is already evident. We estimate that Russia's military losses amount to 500.000 people, including 150.000 killed. And all this for what? In short, for nothing."

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Russian losses in the war against Ukraine

Spokesman for General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine, Andriy Kovalev on Feb. 27 explained that total losses of occupiers, published by General Staff, consist of two main indicators of losses suffered by enemy in course of hostilities. Namely, irrecoverable losses and combat sanitary losses of enemy.

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In February, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russian losses amounted to 180.000 killed and up to half a million wounded.

Nazar Voloshyn, the spokesman for Khortytsia Operational and Strategic Troops Group, said that 85 percent of Russian losses were concluded in the eastern sector on April 25. This applies to both personnel and equipment.

The UK Minister of State for the Armed Forces Leo Docherty said on April 27 that approximately 450,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded since the onset of the Russian war in Ukraine, the UK estimates suggest.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of May 3, 2024, total losses of Russian army since the beginning of the full-scale invasion are approximately 472,140 people.

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