The top US general estimated on Wednesday that Russia’s military had counted more than 100,000 of its soldiers dead and wounded in Ukraine, adding that the Ukrainian military had “probably” suffered a similar level of casualties in the war. war.
The estimates could not be confirmed independently by Reuters.
But Milley’s comments offer the highest estimate of casualties of USA to date in the nearly nine-month conflict, and came as Ukraine and Russia face a possible winter break in fighting which, according to experts, could offer an opportunity for some kind of negotiations.
When asked about the prospects for diplomacy in UkraineMilley noted that the early refusal to negotiate in World War I compounded human suffering and led to millions of deaths. victims plus.
“So when there is an opportunity to dealwhen peace can be achieved… seize the moment,” Milley told the Economic Club of New York.
moments before, Russia announced that its troops would withdraw from the western bank of the Dnipro River, near the strategic southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, in a significant setback for Moscow and a possible turning point in the war.
Some experts say the latest setback for Moscow could allow Ukraine to negotiate from a position of strengthwhile others argue that Russia could use the negotiations to buy time to restart and refit its forces for a new offensive of spring.
Milley said initial indicators suggested that Russia was following through on its withdrawal from Kherson. But she warned that it could take time to complete.
“It won’t take them a day or two, it will take them days and maybe even weeks to get those forces south of that river,” Milley said, estimating that Russia likely had 20,000 to 30,000 troops north of the Dnipro River. in this area.
the United States and its allies NATO they have not intervened directly in Ukraine, but they are arming, advising and training their armed forces to defend Kyiv against the invading armies of Russia.
Milley said the conflict has so far turned 15 million to 30 million Ukrainians into refugees and has probably killed 40,000 Ukrainian civilians.
“You are looking at more than 100,000 dead and wounded Russian soldiers. The same probably on the Ukrainian side. Much human sufferingMilley said.
Despite the high number of casualties, US officials say Moscow has failed to achieve its goals in Ukraine and have raised questions about how long Russia will be able to sustain a invasion which has also decimated much of its mechanized ground forces and depleted artillery reserves. (rts)