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Ukraine should provide statistics on losses at least once a month

26 February, 2024 Monday
14:10

Zelenskyy named the number of dead at 31,000. This number does not include those who died of wounds and went missing

There was an estimate of 15,000 missing persons. And this number of missing persons testifies to the terrible realities when heavy weapons are used and battles of such intensity that they do not allow not only to extract the dead from the battlefield, but sometimes even to find their remains.

If someone thinks that losing 10 brigades is not that much, then it is hopeless to explain anything to such people. These are our best people, whom nothing will ever replace. This is a huge loss and a terrible price to pay.

I believe this assessment is accurate. Upon learning about the losses of one of the brigades consistently engaged in the most challenging areas, I was surprised. From a distance, I imagined the situation to be much worse. However, the quality training and skills of the military indeed play a crucial role in preserving lives.

All our fundraisers and donations for thermal imagers, night vision, drones, and tactical gear. The work of thousands of volunteers who choose the best equipment in a skilled manner really saves lives. Skillful use on the battlefield really saves lives. Competent defense lines do save lives.

There is no need to invent anything new to counter Russian and "treachery" speculation about the assessment of Ukrainian losses. We have already gone through this in 2015-2016. Everyone remembers the cries of several thousand dead near Ilovaisk. At the time of those events, a sober assessment and attempts to explain that those thousands did not even fight there were subject to massive hate. Later, the hysteria passed and everything was assessed.

I think we should start publishing statistics of losses at least once a month. And to open access to the lists of losses kept in the Book of Memory of those who died for Ukraine.

Maintaining discretion regarding losses during ongoing operations is crucial due to the sensitivity of military information. However, providing information with a time delay, when it no longer impacts the assessment of the battlefield situation, can be valuable. At least so that people do not lose their sanity.

Exclusively for Espreso TV.

About the author. Olha Len, journalist.

The editors do not always share the opinions expressed by the blog authors.

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