During the course of 2023, the average daily number of Russian casualties who have either been killed or wounded in Ukraine has risen by almost 300 per day compared to the previous year.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said in its defence intelligence update that it will likely take Russia at least five to ten years to rebuild their so called highly trained military units.
The UK MoD said, “The increase in daily averages, as reported by the Ukrainian authorities, almost certainly reflects the degradation of Russia’s forces and its transition to a lower quality, high quantity mass army since the ‘partial mobilisation’ of reservists in September 2022.”
The intelligence briefing added, “If casualties continue at the current rate through the next year, by 2025 Russia will have sustained over half a million personnel killed and wounded over three years of war.
“This is compared to the Soviet Union’s 70,000 casualties in the nine-year Soviet-Afghan War.”