The West estimates that Russia has lost more than 60,000 military personnel as a result of its attempts to capture the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.
This was reported by a Western official on Thursday on condition of anonymity, Sky News reports.
"We believe that the capture of Bakhmut probably cost Russia at least 60,000 casualties in the Bakhmut-Popasna sector during the year-long battle," the official said.
He clarified that 60,000 is a conservative estimate of Russian losses in this section of the front, which includes both wounded and dead. Of these, the official added, at least a third are the dead.
The source described the city as strategically unimportant, adding that, according to the West, Ukrainian units have withdrawn from the main built-up part of the city.
Author - Olena Madiak, 02/06/2023