14,200 Russian soldiers killed since start of war - Ukraine

US officials said on Thursday the number of Russian casualties could well be over 7,000, with up to 14,000 injured.

In Summary

• Pinning down the exact number of casualties on each side has proven challenging, with both Russia and Ukraine claiming wildly different tallies and losses.

Reservists in the Ukrainian Territorial Defence take part in military exercises on Saturday
Reservists in the Ukrainian Territorial Defence take part in military exercises on Saturday
Image: BBC/EPA

As we enter day 23 of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian defence ministry says in its daily update on Facebook that an estimated 14,200 Russian soldiers have been killed since the conflict began.

Pinning down the exact number of casualties on each side has proven challenging, with both Russia and Ukraine claiming wildly different tallies and losses.

In a rare update on 3 March, Russia claimed 498 of its troops had been killed in combat, but it has remained silent about releasing further figures since then.

Meanwhile, US officials said on Thursday the number of Russian casualties could well be over 7,000, with up to 14,000 injured.

Among other damage inflicted on Russian armaments and vehicles, Ukraine claims its forces have also taken down:

  • 450 tanks
  • 93 aircraft
  • 112 helicopters
  • and disabled 43 anti-aircraft systems.

The BBC has been unable to independently verify these claims.