18 Apr 2022 3:02 pm
The number of casualties on both sides in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict cannot be independently verified at this time. Both sides give different information. The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday released the list of dead soldiers at a barracks in Mariupol, claiming the documented number of Ukrainian casualties is more than 23,000.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on Monday released the personal data of fallen Ukrainian soldiers and members of the Azov regiment from a single barracks number 3057 in Mariupol. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense states that 23,367 soldiers and officers are known and documented on the Ukrainian side.
In the publication, a total of seven text documents can be clicked and downloaded. As of March 29, 2022, the first three contain the full names, ranks, functions and the dates and circumstances of the death of 122 military personnel and members of the “Azov” regiment. The other four contain the names and ranks of soldiers and officers who are permanently unfit for action due to injuries.
Judging by the information on the circumstances of the death and wounding, these are soldiers who fell or were wounded in Mariupol between the beginning of March and March 29, 2022.
The Ministry of Defense did not provide any information on the origin of the lists of names. Presumably, these were captured in the course of the advance of Russian units and units of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Mariupol.
With the publication, the Russian side contradicted the statements of the Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, according to which 3,000 military personnel had died since the beginning of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine on February 24. According to Zelenskiy’s statements last Thursday, up to 3,000 soldiers have fallen on the Ukrainian side – and up to 20,000 members of the army on the Russian side.
To what extent it is possible to draw conclusions about the total losses of the Ukrainian side from the submission of the list of names of a single barracks for a partial period of time and in what form the losses of more than 23,000 military personnel now claimed by the Russian side are documented cannot currently be independently verified.