U.S. Army General Mark Milley stated on Friday that despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that victory in the fight is inevitable, the war in Ukraine is developing into an unmitigated tragedy for Russia, Newsweek reported.
According to current reports from Ukraine’s armed forces, since the war’s start in February of last year, around 117,000 Russian soldiers have perished. Though Russia doesn’t frequently disclose its death toll, Moscow has claimed that less than 6,000 of its regular soldiers and extra less than 4,000 fighters from Russia’s so-called people’s republics in the seized Ukrainian areas of Donetsk and Luhansk had perished.
Mercenary fighters like those from the Wagner Group are not included in the Russian statistics.
Despite recent military successes by his soldiers in the Ukrainian city of Soledar, Putin yet feels confident that he can win the war in Ukraine. He asserted on Wednesday that he had “no doubt” that Russia will prevail in the conflict.
“Everything that we are doing today, including the special military operation, is an attempt to stop this war,” the Russian president said earlier that day. “This is the gist of our operation: to protect our people who live there, on these territories,” he added, according to Russian state media.
Meanwhile, General Valery Zaluzhnyi, the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, and Milley had a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday in an unnamed site close to the Polish border. There, according to the Associated Press, the American general, and his Ukrainian counterpart talked about Ukraine’s military requirements.