Russian troops in Ukraine have killed as many people as the entire nine-year Afghanistan war that contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, a convoy of Russian armored vehicles will move along the highways of the Crimean Peninsula.Associated Press

  • According to the British Secretary of Defense, the invasion of Ukraine killed about 15,000 Russian troops.

  • Almost the same number of Soviet soldiers died during the nine-year war in Afghanistan.

  • At least 2,665 civilians have been killed in Ukraine so far, according to the United Nations OHCHR.

In almost nine weeks, Russia lost as many troops during its invasion of Ukraine as it did during the nine years of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

“It is estimated that about 15,000 Russians were killed during the attack,” said Ben Wallace, Secretary of State. statement Released on Monday by the British Embassy in Washington. He also estimated that about a quarter of the battalion tactical group was “ineffective in combat.”

The Soviet war in Afghanistan lasted from 1979 to 1989. Scholar Partially caused The Soviet Union’s 1991 collapsed into a military failure in the war. After that, about 14,500 Soviet soldiers died, 90,000 Mujahideen soldiers, 18,000 Afghan soldiers, and about 1 million civilians died. Atlantic reported in 2014..

Wallace also pointed out “failure of command and control at all levels of the Russian Defense Ministry”.

He also picked out Russian equipment losses, Including Moscow warships, It sank on April 14 after a Ukrainian missile attack.

“Last week Russia admitted that the Slava-class cruiser Moscow had sunk, which is the second most important naval asset lost since the invasion, significantly reducing its ability to carry maritime assets from the Black Sea,” he said. Said in his remarks. It was delivered to the House of Commons in Ukraine.

“Russia has so far failed in almost all of its purposes,” he added.

At least 2,665 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Vladimir Putin fought a war with Ukraine on February 24. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights On Monday, the actual numbers are said to be probably much higher.

The British Defense Secretary also estimated that more than 2,000 Russian armored vehicles were totaled or seized, including “at least 530 tanks, 530 armored personnel carriers, and 560 infantry fighting vehicles.” They also estimate that the country has lost at least 60 helicopters and fighters.

Mr Wallace said Ukraine “has endured indiscriminate artillery, war crimes, and overwhelming military aggression.”

“But they stood firm, revitalized the international community and defeated Russian troops in the north and northeast,” he added.

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