How many Russian soldiers died in Ukraine? Russia does not provide the casualty numbers and the bodies are not returned home

Russia does not report its losses in the war in Ukraine: dozens of corpses are scattered in the cities and the Russians do not want to collect them so as not to report and send information home

For more than 15 days i Russians report nothing about their losses and this raises the fear that the frightening figures provided by the enemy may be true. In addition, dozens and dozens of mothers who ask the military authorities for information about their children do not receive any concrete news. The standard answer is always the same: the person engaged in operations outside the place of normal displacement. Ukraine not even mentioned.

The St. Petersburg mothers committee
, which practically always remained active from the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s to those in Chechnya in the 1990s and 2000s, does not have precise communications but also receives data from the Ukrainians who often find the bodies of young Russians sent by Putin and thanks to the documents they let people know something. In many combat zones the ground is covered with fallen that the Russians do not want to pick up. Thus they are not forced to report and make known something at home, explains Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.

Dozens of corpses scattered everywhere in Mykolaiv, in the countryside around Kharkiv, in every place where fighting took place. Funeral service workers retrieve them when they can and store them in refrigerated wagons, but they have to act with great care. We have to move with the bomb squads because sometimes they are placed on top of an anti-personnel mine, said one of them.

The Kyiv authorities they asked for the intervention of the Red Cross in order to resolve the question which, according to what is contained in a press release, is increasingly serious and urgent. In the first seven days of what the Kremlin calls only a special military operation, 498 soldiers would have died, according to Moscow. Then nothing more. Already that figure, considered in any case lower than reality by Ukrainians and Americans, suggests a very high number of victims: more than seventy a day. An abnormal figure, definitely higher than that of Afghanistan (four a day) and Chechnya (seven). Americans in Vietnam had ten a day.

But if today’s estimates made by Western experts were true, the situation would be truly out of control. There is talk of seven thousand losses, something like 300 per day. Ukrainians even report 14,000 Russian soldiers killed. To prevent losses from having effects on the home front, in situations of declared war the data is covered by state secrecy. But the Soviet Union and Russia have not officially been in a war situation since 1945. So in 2015 Putin changed the rules, after the use of soldiers without badges in Crimea and in support of the separatists of Donbass. His decree of May 28 of that year establishes that even news on military casualties in peacetime, during the conduct of special operations cannot be made public. Just like in war.

Already on conflict in Afghanistan which cost the USSR between 13,825 (official figure) and 50,000 (estimates by post-Soviet researchers) dead was another thing. The denomination used was Sending a limited contingent of Soviet troops to Afghanistan to help the friendly Afghan people. The zinc boys, as the book on the subject of the Nobel Prize for literature Svetlana Aleksiyevich states, returned to their coffins of that material and were buried in secret. Two o’clock too wars in Chechnya they were a massacre for the conscripts. And they were not labeled as wars: the first was called Operation to restore constitutional order in Chechnya, and lasted from 1994 to 1996. The second was simply called Counter-terrorist Operation and took place between 1999 and 2000 under the leadership of Putin. first as head of government and then as president. Eleven thousand official deaths. Many bodies were allegedly accumulated in the Belarusian city of Mozyr. Others would be disposed of in mobile crematory ovens operated in the independent republics of Donbass. Everything for to prevent people from knowing at home. But as past experiences have shown, eventually the news somehow reaches the families. And they end up influencing the attitude of public opinion. Today, many are in favor of Putin and exhibit the Zeta as a sign of approval. But tomorrow?

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