There is no doubt whatsoever that the Russian army has looked foolish in Ukraine, and it doesn’t appear as though they’ve found their stride over the course of the last 100+ days of combat.
Things began with the impression that Russia would simply roll over any Ukrainian resistance that appeared, and the Kremlin themselves were banking on the whole thing being over within 72 hours of go-time.
Now that they’ve been at it for months, it has become rather apparent that the only way that the Kremlin soldiers can get anything done is by committing war crimes and terrorizing this sovereign nation.
But, according to new data from the field, it doesn’t appear as though Russia can keep it up for too much longer.
Casualties among Russian and pro-Russian forces are mounting at an unsustainable rate in Ukraine, British intelligence reports, raising more questions about the extent to which Moscow can maintain its current pace of operations amid limited progress on the battlefield.
The figures are grim for the Kremlin.
Figures published last week by the Donetsk People’s Republic, part of the self-declared pro-Putin autonomous region in eastern Ukraine known as the Donbas, claimed that more than 2,100 of its forces had died since operations began and nearly 9,000 had been wounded.Advertisement - story continues below
The casualty rate equals roughly 55% of its total force, according to the U.K. Ministry of Defense, “which highlights the extraordinary attrition rate Russian and pro-Russian forces are suffering in the Donbas.”
The news comes after weeks of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to move the goalposts in Ukraine, first suggesting that they’d take Kyiv in a blitzkrieg style invasion, but now suggesting that the “real” goal of the invasion was to shore up control over an eastern sliver of the country.
Ukraine has insisted that they will continue fighting until they take back their entire country, possibly including Crimea, which was annexed illegally by Russia back in 2014.