More than 5,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the invasion, according to a score confirmed deaths updated this week by independent Russian media iStories.
The figure is more than three times the official death toll of 1,351 which was last updated by the Russian Defense Ministry in March.
While Russia has reportedly suffered significant military casualties since its invasion of Ukraine in February, the exact number of soldiers killed has been the subject of intense speculation by Western officials. Estimate the number exceeds 15,000 and Ukrainian officials affirming it will be over 42,000.
iStories confirmed the death of 5,107 soldiers.
iStories’ tally is likely to be well below the actual number – as it’s only based on publicly available publications and media reports – but it’s one of the few managed databases of independently on Russian casualties, including names, ages, and, often, the towns and villages from which the dead came.
The Moscow Times has created six charts based on iStories data to show what we know about the more than 5,000 soldiers killed fighting for Russia in Ukraine.