Friday, May 27, 2022

Russian casualties keep rising in Ukraine; top generals in the crosshairs; Russian death toll in Ukraine close to USSR's numbers in Afghanistan; Between Front Lines, Ukrainian Reconnaissance Teams Hunt Russian Targets; Russia says Ukraine war slowdown is deliberate, Zelenskiy mocks 'pathetic' comments, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Russian casualties keep rising in Ukraine; top generals in the crosshairs:
Russian diplomat resigns in protest as West predicts growing public opposition to Putin's war
Russia has paid a historic human price three months into its war in Ukraine.
British intelligence officials estimated Monday that the Russian military has lost about 15,000 troops, roughly the same number who perished in the Soviet Union’s ill-fated nine-year military campaign in Afghanistan.
Ukrainian officials, meanwhile, claim that a dozen top Russian generals are among those killed, a staggering figure that, if true, would have crippled Russia’s command-and-control structure for the invasion, depriving the Russian army of key leaders at critical moments in the conflict.
Thousands more Russian soldiers have been wounded, according to various estimates by Ukrainian and Western military officials.
The war’s fallout has also nearly reached the highest echelons of the Kremlin, according to media reports. Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency, said Monday that an assassination attempt was made on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the early days of the war, which began Feb. 24.
Western officials did not independently verify those reports, but analysts said the prospect of such an attempt reflects the massive backlash that Mr. Putin and his inner circle have brought on themselves by authorizing the unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine. --->READ MORE HERE
Russian death toll in Ukraine close to USSR's numbers in Afghanistan: Report:
Russian forces have likely suffered a similar loss in three months of fighting in Ukraine as they did in nine years of war in Afghanistan, British defense officials said Monday.
Russia's high casualty rate was the result of a combination of "poor low-level tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility, and a command approach which is prepared to reinforce failure and repeat mistakes," according to an intelligence update from the United Kingdom's Defense Ministry.
It is believed that Russia has lost 15,000 soldiers in Ukraine so far. The reported death count in the 1979-1989 war was also 15,000, with 35,000 people injured. Roughly 3,000 Ukrainian civilians have died as of May 2, according to the United Nations. However, the actual death rate of Ukrainians is likely thousands higher, according to Matilda Bogner, the head of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine. --->READ MORE HERE
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