According to the most recent US assessment, more than 220,000 Russian mercenaries and troops were killed or wounded in Ukraine. This was revealed by Britain’s defense secretary.
Ben Wallace confirmed that the first British tanks arrived in Ukraine, but stated that there are still “remarkable amounts of training to be done” before Ukrainian forces can use them in battle.
The UK has provided 14 Challenger II main battle tanks for Ukraine.
They will be operating alongside German Marder infantry fighting cars in a brigade, or battlegroup, that is being constructed to combine weapons to break through the Russian walls.
“At the exact same time, their (Ukrainian military leadership) needs to exercise in fighting at brigade level or a battlegroup-level – fight in NATO manner or in the west way,” said Mr Wallace at a press conference in London with his Swedish counterpart.
“That’s quite important. While I cannot speculate as to when, where and how this [Ukrainian] offensive might occur, I believe it is clear that Ukraine is eager to begin the process of rolling back Russian troops in the conflict.
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Ruslan Stefanchuk was the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament on a recent trip to London. He indicated that this moment would soon begin.
In an interview with Sky News, he stated that he could not talk about specifics about the counteroffensive.
“But I believe that Ukraine will make significant progress in achieving its goal, and thanks to the support and help of its partners, it can reach the borders and restore sovereignty over the temporarily occupied territories.
“And to restore peace which so many dream of, and independence on all the territory of Ukraine.”
British intelligence reported in February that Russia and its private military contractors had suffered 175,000 to 200k casualties since February 2022, when the invasion began.
They also said that this could have included anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 deaths.
Concerning Russia’s prospects the British defense secretary said that President Vladimir Putin’s troops were making “almost nothing whatsoever” and suffering “huge casualties”.
“The Russian forces are facing some serious and complex systemic issues at the moment.” According to Mr Wallace, the latest US assessments show that there are more than 220,0000 casualties from either injuries or deaths.
Ukrainian forces are trying to resist a long-running push by Russian troops, Wagner mercenaries, and other Russian forces to seize Bakhmut, an eastern Ukrainian city that has been destroyed.
The battle is not only a terrible killing ground for Russians but it also causes heavy casualties for the Ukrainian side.
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At the same time, military commanders are preparing new counteroffensives against Russian positions in both the east and south.
This will be a much more difficult challenge than the previous offensive operations of Ukraine in the northeastern Kharkiv and Kherson cities in the south.
To break through the well-defended Russian lines, Ukrainian troops will have to use tanks, artillery, artillery, and aircraft together to push on without being outflanked.
The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament stated that Ukraine has only one goal: “Restore our territorial integrity at the border when Ukraine became independent” in 1991.
“Today, Ukraine is on the frontline in the fight for democracy, freedom and international principles. This is our goal. This is our goal. We can do it!”
In May 2022, hundreds of Russian soldiers were taken to Ukraine. They stored their bodies in a refrigerated train to transport them to their families.
Anton Garashenko, the Ukrainian interior minister, stated that there were more than 250 bodies on the train due to Russia “still not picking up the corpses”.