Without any concrete, independently verified figure to rely upon to tell the public how much Russian troops had been lost in a month’s worth of fighting in Ukraine, many clues lie between the narratives of war that may just give us a sneak peek of the Russian casualties. Just a few days ago, it was reported that Russia’s intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), had asked their government for more funding.

You would think that the additional funding was for more intel collecting in Ukraine or possibly for more supplies for their troops in Ukraine, but no. Apparently, the FSB had requested money from their government as the fund for their troops’ funeral services were running low.

This would indicate that they needed more funding to give their troops the proper, bare-minimum funeral, which can lead to the conclusion that so many Russian forces have been dying that they are scraping the bottom of their funding barrel. It is also the case that the ruble had been suffering from an accelerated inflation rate of 17.5% because of the sanctions levied on the country.

According to a report by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, they found a series of Russian public documents that prove the request was indeed legitimate. These documents showed that the FSB had asked for a 17% increase in funding to organize funeral arrangements.