Nearly 5,500 Russians were killed last week during the war, according to the Ministry of Defense
The daily and weekly death toll of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine continues to rise rapidly, according to the Defense Department in Ukraine. More than 5,000 Russian soldiers have died in the past week alone, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has announced.
As the war rapidly approaches its year next month, the estimated death toll of Russians continues to rise each week. So far, there have been more than 125,000 Russian soldiers dead since the war began in late February 2022.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that another 800 Russian soldiers had been killed the previous day, bringing the estimated total to 125,510 dead. According to ministry figures, there have been 5,350 casualties in the past seven days. Here are those numbers:
January 22: 600
January 23: 720
January 24: 690
January 25: 910
January 26: 780
January 27: 850
January 28: 800
That’s just over 764 Russian casualties a day last week. Additionally, on Saturday, Russia lost seven tanks, eight other artillery vehicles, six drones and 26 other vehicles and fuel tanks the day before.
Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine passed the 11-month mark this week. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 (2022) but failed to take the capital Kyiv, repelled by Ukrainian fighters. Ukrainian fighters also showed a fierce defense in northern cities like Kharkiv, where they pushed Russian troops back towards the nearby border.
Russia, despite heavy casualties in the war now in its 12th month, has shifted its focus to eastern and southern Ukraine. This includes a strong presence in the Black Sea.
Russia is said to have three ships in the Black Sea capable of firing Kalibr cruise missiles. The Kyiv Independent states that these ships are equipped with 20 such missiles and that there are 16 Russian warships positioned in the Black Sea ready to strike at any time.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky managed to get a swath of tanks and some air defense systems from Western allies that will arrive soon, and now he’s reportedly asking the West for fighter jets.
Ukraine is seeking more support to protect itself from things like the Kh-22 missiles, which destroyed Dnipro two weeks ago.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said it was the Russian 52nd Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment.
“According to preliminary information, the Kh-22 missile was used. This type of missile entails the greatest human losses, since the missile is extremely inaccurate, has a huge deviation. Therefore, the use of such weapons for targets in densely populated areas is clearly a war crime,” the Ukrainian office said in a Telegram article. “This type of rocket was used in Sergiivka and Kremenchuk. It can be launched by a single Russian unit – the 52nd Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment.”
Kh-22 missiles were largely responsible for mass destruction and death on Saturday in Dnipro, located in controversial eastern Ukraine, where Russia has already occupied many territories and fought to save this territory .
Newsweek contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense for comments.