Ukraine: 180,000 dead and wounded in Russian army, 100,000 on Ukrainian side, according to Norway

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In nearly a year of fighting, the war in Ukraine has left some 180,000 dead or wounded in the ranks of the Russian military and 100,000 on the Ukrainian side, not counting the 30,000 civilians killed, according to estimates released Sunday by its leader. norwegian army.

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“Russian losses are starting to approach 180,000 soldiers dead or wounded,” Norway’s chief of staff Erik Kristoffersen said in an interview with TV2, without specifying the img of the figures.

Norway, a country bordering Russia, has been a member of NATO since its inception in 1949.

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“Ukraine losses are likely to exceed 100,000 dead or wounded. In addition, Ukraine has almost 30,000 civilians killed in this terrible war,” the Norwegian general added.

Russia and Ukraine have not given credible casualty accounts for months.

In November, US Army Chief of Staff Mark Miley said the Russian military had suffered losses exceeding 100,000 dead or wounded, with a “probable” similar toll on the Ukrainian side.

These figures cannot be independently verified.

Despite its heavy losses, “Russia is able to continue (the war) for quite some time,” the Norwegian chief of staff confirmed on Sunday, citing Moscow’s mobilization and weapons production capabilities.

“The biggest concern is whether Ukraine will be able to keep the Russian air force out of the war, as until now it has largely been kept out thanks to Ukrainian air defenses.”

Most of the Russian bombing in recent months has been carried out with long-range missiles.

The Norwegian general also called for the rapid delivery of tanks to Ukraine, an issue that has not progressed so far largely because of Germany’s stance.

“If they have to go on the attack during the winter, they need it quickly,” Erik Kristoffersen told TV2.

Despite pressing calls from Ukraine and several European countries, Berlin on Friday refused to supply the German-made Leopard tanks to Kyiv.

These heavy tanks equip many other European countries, such as Norway, but their delivery to Ukraine is theoretically dependent on German approval.

Source: News Beast

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