The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that Russian forces are being hit with “high casualty numbers” due to “the most intense fighting” seen in the war over the past six weeks.
The NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg also said that Ukraine are inflicting “heavy losses” on Russian forces.
Stoltenberg said, “We see high casualty numbers and some of the most intense fighting that we have seen throughout the whole war has actually taken place over the last weeks and couple of months.
Stoltenberg said NATO leaders are truly “impressed” by Ukraine’s “bravery” and their “competence,” shown in the war and their ability to strike deep behind Russian lines.
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“Of course we would like [Ukraine] to liberate as much territory as possible as quickly as possible, but even though the frontline has not moved, Ukrainians have been able to inflict heavy losses on the Russian invaders.”
The British Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said in the past six weeks they’ve “seen some of the highest Russian casualty rates of the war so far.”
Ukraine’s General Staff said on Monday that the Russian daily death rate is an average of 931.
The British MoD cannot verify these numbers, but conceded that the daily death rate is “plausible.”
Shapps said on Monday that Vladimir Putin is “stepping up his invasion” in Ukraine and that the Russian leader is “senselessly sending more Russians to die than at any time since the war began.”
He added, “Ukrainian bravery & western support is holding back their advance, but we cannot be complacent. Ukraine needs our unwavering support to fight & win.”
The British MoD said in their latest intelligence report, “Throughout November 2023, Russian casualties, as reported by the Ukrainian General Staff, are running at a daily average of 931 per day.
“Previously, the deadliest reported month for Russia was March 2023 with an average of 776 losses per day, at the height of Russia’s assault on Bakhmut.
“Although Defence Intelligence cannot verify the methodology, taken as a total including both killed and wounded, the figures are plausible.
“The last six weeks have likely seen some of the highest Russian casualty rates of the war so far.
“The heavy losses have largely been caused by Russia’s offensive against the Donbas town of Avdiika.”