For the past four months in this war, much has been said about Russian casualties and military equipment losses, with Russia taking staggering losses but failing to gain much ground in Ukraine. The criticism levied on Russia is justifiable. Once touted as one of the most advanced and modern militaries in the world before the invasion, the joke goes that Russia has been reduced to barely having the second-best army in Ukraine. However, not much has been said about Ukrainian casualties and their equipment losses. Today, we try to look at that side of the equation.
First of all, both Ukraine and Russia are guilty of the same thing, which is not publishing the real number of wounded and dead from their side for reasons that range from military necessity and neither having a truly free press that could discover and publish those numbers. That’s reasonable, considering the psychological effect of publishing the number of soldiers that have died on your side of the conflict. For most of our active military personnel and veterans, you would already know this reason, but for our newbies out there, we’ll give you a brief explanation of why this is happening.
For Russia’s reasons, it’s obvious that they won’t publish their own casualty statistics as it brings into question whether the high cost is worth the minimal gains they have attained in Ukraine. Since the first week of the war, the problems of the Russian army with morale and limited supplies have been apparent, and publishing their losses would be a shock to the Russian civilian population who would probably demand that the war be ended immediately and their leaders are held responsible for their huge losses.