About 200,000 soldiers and about 40,000 civilians have been killed in the Ukraine-Russia war. Recently the US senior general disclosed this information. BBC news.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milio, in a speech at the Economic Club of New York, a US non-profit organization, mentioned the 40,000 innocent deaths. He said, 1 lakh Russian and 1 lakh Ukrainian soldiers out of 2 lakh dead soldiers.
These estimates are still the highest given by Western officials.
He also said that Kiev, willing to re-enter talks with Moscow, has made an offer for talks.
In recent days, Ukraine has given some indication that it is willing to negotiate with Moscow. However, President Volodymyr Zelensky has given strict conditions for this.
But in a speech in New York, General Milley added, for any talks to succeed, both Russia and Ukraine must reach a ‘mutual recognition’ that a wartime victory cannot possibly be achieved militarily and therefore you have to fall back on other means.’
The top general, who serves as President Joe Biden’s most senior military adviser, said the casualties could convince both Moscow and Kyiv of the need for talks in the coming winter months, when freezing conditions could slow fighting.
General Milli said, ‘You see well that 100,000 Russian soldiers have also been killed. Probably the same number is observed towards Ukraine.
Both Ukraine and Russia jealously hide their casualty figures.
Moscow’s latest update in September said only 5,937 soldiers had been killed since the start of the conflict. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu dismissed reports of a significantly higher death toll.
General Milley’s estimate is quite high. An estimated 15,000 Soviet soldiers died in the 1979-89 Afghanistan conflict.
Ukraine largely refrains from giving casualty figures. But in August, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Valery Zaluzhny, was quoted by Ukrainian media as saying that 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers had died so far.
The United Nations said it did not consider the figures released by those involved in the conflict to be reliable.
General Milli said, there is a lot of suffering, people are suffering. Between 1.5 and 3 million refugees have been created since Russia launched its offensive on February 24.
The United Nations has listed 7.8 million people from Ukraine as refugees across Europe, including Russia. However, this figure does not include those who were forced to flee their homes but remained in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Moscow announced that its troops would begin withdrawing from the key southern city of Kherson.
General Milley said when ‘early indicators’ suggested the retreat had begun. He noted that Russia had amassed 20,000 to 30,000 troops in the city and that withdrawal could take weeks.
News of Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin called up nearly 300,000 reservists for the war in Ukraine in September. Western and Ukrainian military experts say the need for mobilization shows that Russian troops are failing miserably on the battlefield in Ukraine.