More than 75,000 Russians have been killed or wounded in the war in Ukraine, U.S. officials said at a briefing of U.S. lawmakers, according to CNN
More than 75,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or wounded in the war in Ukraine, Biden administration officials told U.S. lawmakers at a classified briefing.
“We have been told that over 75,000 Russians have been killed or wounded, which is enormous … over 80 percent of their ground forces are bogged down and they are tired,” Democrat Elissa Slotkin told CNN.
However, it is difficult to independently determine the number of casualties in the war.
The next few weeks of the war will be crucial, U.S. and Western officials said, as the Ukrainians try to launch a major counteroffensive in the south before winter. Ukraine is seeking additional reinforcements, lawmakers were told at a briefing Wednesday.
Ukraine will try to retake the southern city of Kherson, which has been occupied by Russia since March, U.S. and Western officials said.
“The main topic of the briefing was what else we can and should do for the Ukrainians in the next three to six weeks, and do it very urgently,” they said. The Ukrainians want to go south and conduct operations there. And we want them to be as successful as possible. I think what we heard very clearly from President Zelensky, and what was reiterated today, is that the Ukrainians really want to knock Russia’s teeth in a couple of times before winter to put it in the best possible position, especially by hitting it in the south,” said Slotkin.
During the briefing, Slotkin said there is bipartisan support for delivering long-range missiles to Ukraine, known as ATACMS, that can strike up to 180 miles away. The Ukrainians have been insisting for months that the U.S. provide them with these systems because the HIMARS they have can only strike at a range of about 49 miles, Mediafax writes.
However, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told the Aspen Security Forum last week that the Americans would not provide ATACMS because they could be used to attack Russian territory, which would lead to an even greater escalation of the war.