Whilst Russia continues to deny that its troops are fighting in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, a respected news site in Russia seemingly inadvertently published secret figures that detail deaths and causalities of forces on the ground. According to Forbes, Russian news site Business Life (Delovaya Zhizn) revealed what seem to be official figures detailing the number of Russian troops killed and injured in “Eastern Ukraine.” The site, which generally focuses on coverage of markets, finance and leisure, posted a piece entitled “Increases in Pay for Military in 2015,” that at first glance would be uncontroversial.
About 2000 KIA. Which when you consider the small size of the forces involved, and the relatively short time they’ve been engaged is pretty sobering. Both sides in Ukraine have focused on using artillery as the prime weapon, rather than infantry. And the Russian (and hence Ukraine) history of artillery is that more is better, and much more is much better. That of course leads to more casualties.