Despite recording significant casualties on the side of Ukraine, around 15,000 Russians have been killed in the five-month-long Russia-Ukraine confIn addition, approximatelymately 45,000 have been injured, according to estimated figures provided by William Burns, the Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In an interview with a news agency, Burns said, “I think the latest estimates from the US intelligence community would be something in the vicinity of 15,000 killed and maybe three times that wounded, so a quite significant set of losses.” “And the Ukrainians have suffered as well, probably a little less than that. But significant casualties,” he added.

However, Ukraine has earlier claimed much larger numbers of Russian casualties. In April, Ukraine’s government estimated that its armed forces had been the cause of the deaths of more than 20,000 Russian soldiers. Meanwhile, Russia has not frequently updated its official casualty counts throughout the conflict because it considers its military losses a “state secret.” The most recent information provided by the Russian government was on March 25, when it announced that 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed in action. 

Last month, an adviser to the president of Ukraine indicated that Russia’s military onslaught claimed the lives of up to 200 Ukrainian soldiers daily. According to Mykhailo Podolyak, the only way to turn back the Russian assault, reduce the number of casualties, and force Moscow into peace negotiations is to arm Ukraine with “more and more advanced weaponry” from the West.