A pro-Putin newspaper publishes the figure of almost 10,000 Russian soldiers killed in the war and then deletes it
The numbers of the Kremlin do not add up when encrypting the number of Russian casualties that the invasion of Ukraine has claimed. Russia has officially recognized the death of 498 soldiers in Ukraine in a statement on March 2. Later, the country has not offered more data about casualties in Putin’s army.
What does seem clear is that the number of Russian soldiers who would have died during the first month of the war in Ukraine would be much higher than the data provided by the Kremlin.
Already on Wednesday, March 23, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) he estimated Russian casualties during the first month of the offensive to be between 7,000 and 15,000.
A senior military official from the Atlantic Alliance stressed that this figure is based on three sources: information from the Ukrainian authorities, data issued by a Kremlin-affiliated newspaper, and open source intelligence.
It was precisely the Russian pro-Kremlin newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda the one that reported a high number of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine, before deleting the information.
Information from March 20, which quoted the Ministry of Defence, pointed to that 9,861 Russian soldiers had died, figure would be significantly higher than the 498 dead that Moscow has officially confirmed so far.
However, a few hours later, the paragraph of this Komsomolskaya Pravda article disappeared.
Other assessments reported in the last week by the BBC, citing US intelligence sources, They would point out that the figure could be between 3,000 and 10,000 casualties.
In that bracket would also be the data provided by ‘The New York Times’, which on Wednesday, March 16, highlighted that they would have died more than 7,000 Russian soldiers during the military offensive.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.