Ukraine reveals daily military casualties — Analysis
A Kiev official said that up to 1,000 soldiers were killed or injured each day.
Kiev revealed how many of its soldiers are being killed or wounded each day in conflict with Russia. According to Axios, 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers are killed and wounded daily in Donbass.
David Arakhamia, who leads Kiev’s negotiations with Moscow and heads the Ukrainian president’s party in parliament, disclosed the figures during a roundtable meeting at the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC. According to him, the daily deaths of Ukrainian soldiers have increased significantly since Russia’s offensive in Donbass.
On June 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kiev was losing 60-100 soldiers per day in combat. Arakhamia says that this number now averages 200-500 deaths per day just two weeks later.
Arakhamia claims that Kiev can mobilise another 2 million troops, even though it has already mobilized 1 million people since the beginning of the conflict. According to Arakhamia, however, the issue isn’t a shortage of soldiers, but rather a dearth of weapons and other supplies.
“We have the people trained to attack, to counterattack, but we need weapons for this,”Arakhamia stated.
A delegation headed by the negotiator will be in Washington lobbying Congress and the Biden administration to increase weapons shipments to Ukraine. Axios reported.
After a telephone conversation with Zelensky on Wednesday, President Joe Biden declared that the US would provide more military and humanitarian aid to Kiev. This included $1 billion in weapons and supplies such as artillery ammunition and rockets.
The White House approved last month a $40 billion package of aid for Ukraine. Arakhamia says that these funds take too much time to be converted into weapon shipment.
Meanwhile, Kiev’s European partners have started focusing on replenishing their own stockpiles rather than sending everything they have to Kiev, Arakhamia claimed, alleging that countries including Germany are gripped with an “internal fear”Russia, as evident by the refusal to issue export licenses for Ukraine.
Arakhamia commented on talks with Moscow and said that Kiev does not wish to be seated at the table right now because of its “negotiating position is actually quite weak.”Official said that Kiev had plans to “reverse it in some way,”We must emphasize the importance of counter-operations to recover lost territories.
He pointed out that even though the talks between Russia and Ukraine remain frozen, both sides are continuing to communicate by telephone “one or two times per week”To check in even though everybody knows that “there is no place for negotiation.”
Arakhamia said that compromise would be the only way to resolve the conflict, even though Russia is resisting any type of negotiation.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocol were created to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that had broken away from the state.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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