According to Ukrainian statistics, this month has seen a higher death toll for Russian soldiers in Ukraine than any other since the invasion’s first week.
According to Ukrainian statistics, 824 Russian soldiers died on average per day in February.
British defense officials highlighted the numbers. However, the United Kingdom has stated that the patterns are “likely correct” even though the numbers themselves cannot be confirmed.
Ukrainian officials attribute the rise to Russia’s alleged “major offensive,” which they say has begun.
In spite of this, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), has stated that Russia is having “major challenges” with the campaign.
Mr. Danilov has stated that “our forces are repulsing [the offensive] extremely strongly.” The offensive they plotted is gradually beginning to unfold, but it’s not the offensive they envisioned.
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, who is leaving his position in Ukraine, warned last week that a new Russian onslaught was expected around February 24th, the anniversary of the full-scale invasion.
There has been heavy fighting in and around Bakhmut in the east of the country.
The commander of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force announced on Sunday that his forces had captured a village close to the city’s ruins.
The Wagner PMC’s assault detachments captured the town of Krasna Hora today, according to a Telegram message from Yevgeny Prigozhin.
The Wagner Group of Russian mercenaries…
According to Mr. Prigozhin, “within a radius of fifty km, plus or minus, there are only Wagner PMC warriors,” which he used to minimize the participation of the Russian army in the operation on Bakhmut.
This comment alludes to lingering hostilities between the Russian military and Wagner.
Mr. Prigozhin boasted that only his men were involved in the January takeover of the town of Soledar, a claim that was called into question by the Russian defense ministry.
The strategic value of Bakhmut has been questioned, but after so much combat, it has become a symbol.
Britain has drawn attention to data from Ukraine showing that the Russian military is suffering losses of 824 per day. This is more than four times the daily average of 172 casualties reported in June and July.
Since Russia’s full-scale assault began, Ukrainian forces say 137,780 Russian soldiers have been killed.
The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) has speculated that “a range of causes,” such as a lack of trained troops, coordination, and resources across the front, may be to blame for the current uptick.
The UK further noted that Ukraine “also continues to endure a high attrition rate.”
Since withdrawing from the large southern city of Kherson in November, Russian forces have made little headway in Ukraine.
Earlier this month, following a fierce battle, they took control of the town of Soledar to the north of Bakhmut. If the Russians can take Bakhmut, they may be able to continue on to Kramatorsk and Slovyansk, two larger cities in the area.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has asked Western nations to rush the delivery of heavy armament to the country in preparation for Russia’s impending offensive.
Last week, the United States agreed to ship long-range missiles to Ukraine, doubling the latter’s striking range.
However, President Zelensky has asked the West to send fighter jets, stating, “thanking you all in advance for powerful English planes,” during a visit to the UK Parliament this week.