British Intelligence has suggested that the Russian army and Wagner Group could have lost up to 200,000 people, including up to 60,000 killed, since the beginning of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine.
Quote: "Russian Ministry of Defence and private military contractor (PMC) forces have likely suffered 175-200,000 casualties since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. This likely includes approximately 40-60,000 killed."
Details: The Russian casualty rate has significantly increased since September 2022 when "partial mobilisation" was imposed.
UK Defence Intelligence noted that by modern standards, these figures represent a high ratio of personnel killed compared to those wounded. This is almost certainly due to extremely rudimentary medical provision across much of the force. Artillery has almost certainly inflicted the majority of Russia’s casualties.
"Wagner PMC forces have deployed large numbers of convict-recruits. These have probably experienced a casualty rate of up to 50%," the report said.
Background: Similar figures, up to 200,000 killed and wounded, were mentioned in a New York Times article, citing unofficial estimates by Western officials.