The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials estimate that Russian forces invading Ukraine had killed more than 7,000 in less than three weeks.
The figures in daily intelligence reports viewed by senior US administration officials, Joe Biden, are conservative figures, the New York Times reported.
The US intelligence agency came up with this estimate by analyzing news reports, 135,000 people announced by Ukraine, 498 people announced by Russia, and satellite images and videos.
The 7,000 Russian soldiers killed in just 20 days is more than the combined number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two decades, the newspaper pointed out.
According to the New York Times, the Pentagon considers that a single units casualty rate of 10% is unacceptable for combat missions, and the Russian military invading Ukraine appears to have reached this level.
At least three Russian generals as well as ordinary soldiers were counted killed.
A recent intelligence report from the Biden administration reportedly mentioned instances of Russian soldiers parked in their vehicles and fleeing into the woods.
Evelyn Parkas, a former senior Pentagon official in charge of Russia and Ukraine issues in the former Barack Obama administration, told the New York Times that “a loss of this amount of force affects morale and unit cohesion.” Especially when you dont understand.”
Unexpectedly, it was reported that the Russian government had recently placed the head of foreign intelligence and the deputy director of the Federal Security Service under house arrest and questioned whether they had provided false information before the invasion of Ukraine.
“They only told Vladimir Putin what he wanted to hear about this invasion,” said Andrei Soldatov, a Russian security expert.
However, it should not be overlooked that most of this casualty was limited to the army, Parkas said.
To make up for the failure of the army, Russia is increasing its air force, attacking civilian residences, hospitals and schools.
Also, experts say, serious damage to Russian troops is unlikely to change Putins intention to win the war.
“I dont think it will affect Putins calculus,” said Jason Crowe, a member of the House Defense Intelligence Committee. “He doesnt want to lose.” With him being cornered, he will keep putting troops in,” he said.