UK Assesses 15,000 Russians Killed in Ukraine Invasion

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Parliament on April 25 that some 15,000 Russian personnel had been killed during Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wallace provided the figure while updating MPs on British efforts to support the Ukrainian war effort. Wallace said that British shipments have included 5,000 anti-tank missiles and 100 air defense missiles, among other weapons. Wallace opened his remarks by offering Britain’s estimate of Russian losses to date.

“It is our assessment that approximately 15,000 Russian personnel have been killed during their offensive,” said Wallace. “A number of sources suggest that to date over 2,000 armored vehicles have been destroyed or captured. This includes at least 530 tanks, 530 armored personnel carriers, and 560 infantry fighting vehicles. Russia has also lost over 60 helicopters and fighter jets.” Credit: Parliament TV via Storyful

Video transcript

- Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's now been 61 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. And it has been 74 days since my Russia counterpart assured me that the Russian army would not be invading. As the invasion approaches its ninth week, I want to update the House on the current situation and what steps we are taking to further our support to the Ukrainian people.

It is our assessment that approximately 15,000 Russian personnel have been killed during their offensive, alongside the death toll or the equipment losses. And in total, a number of sources suggest that, to date, over 2,000 armored vehicles have been destroyed or captured. This includes at least 530 tanks, 530 armored personnel carriers, and 560 infantry fighting vehicles. Russia has also lost over 60 helicopters and fighter jets.

The offensive that was supposed to take a maximum for week has now taken weeks. Last week, Russia admitted that the Slava class cruiser Moskva has sunk, the second key naval asset that they have lost since invading, significantly weakening their ability to bring their maritime assets to bear from the Black Sea.

As I said, Mr. Speaker, in my last statement, Russia has so far failed in nearly every one of its objectives. In recognition of this failure, the Russian high command has regrouped, reinforced, and changed focus to securing Donetsk and Luhansk oblast. A failure of the Russian ministry of defense, command, and control at all levels has meant they have now appointed one overall commander, General Dvornikov.

At the start of this conflict, Russia had committed over 120 battalion tactical groups, approximately 65% of its entire ground combat strength. As of now, we assess that around over 25% of these have been rendered not combat effective.

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