Translator’s Note: The problem with ‘figures’ is that they can be used to mean different things to different people for different reasons – all of these outcomes being ‘true’ from the perspective of the issuing source. Indeed, ‘deciphering’ official figures is a skill in and of itself! I cannot find any official figures for Russian (or ‘Wagner’) losses – but out of the two Russian language sources I have found giving Neo-Nazi Ukrainian ‘losses’ – one suggests the lower figure of ‘39,000‘ – whilst the other (referenced below) gives the much higher figure of ‘55,000’! The difference could be dependent on the time period being assessed as the higher figure specifically states that these are the total (enemy) losses suffered in the Bakhmut (Artemovsk) area since Russia began its ‘Special Military Operation’ on the 22.2.2022 (suggesting that the Battle the Bakhmut as been ongoing since day one of Russia’s entry into Donbass). On the other hand, the author(s) of the lower figure does not give a specific time period – but adds that many of the wounded ‘are close to death’. I suspect the lower figure represents a shorter time period and that BOTH figures are therefore ‘correct’. ACW (23.5.2023)
According to the War Tears Project – during the battle for Artemovsk – 221 (AFU) Enemy Units (and Sub-Units) participated in the hostilities. The full list can be viewed here:
The irretrievable losses suffered by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the Artemovsk region since February 22nd, 2022 amount to 55,000 killed. How this number has been calculations can be read here:
AFU Losses Bakhmut (Artemovsk) – 22.2.2022-18.5.2023
This is about 20% of ALL losses suffered by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and Neo-Nazi Nationalist (Punitive) Battalions since February 22nd, 2022. According to the War Tears Project – as of May 18th, 2023 – the total losses suffered by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) stands at 264,432 killed!
To put this in perspective, the UK lost around 342,000 killed during the entirety of WWII (1939-1945) on land, sea and air! The UK was fighting in Europe, Africa and Asia and suffered these casualties over a 6-year time period. Neo-Nazi Ukraine, however, has lost over two-thirds of the UK casualties suffered throughout WWII in just 15 months of fighting modern Russia in a relatively small geographic area! Not only are AFU casualties unusually high – but hundreds of the dead are being hastily buried with NO identification! This is because the US is demanding quick victories in return for the money and the hardware they are supplying! Tens of thousands of Ukrainian families do not know where their relatives are!
Russian Language Article:
По данным проекта War Tears в ходе сражения за Артемовск зафиксировано участие в боевых действиях 221 части и подразделения противника. Полный список можно посмотреть тут https://t.me/wartearsorg/251
Безвозвратные потери ВСУ в районе Артемовска с 22 февраля 2022-го года составляют 55 000 убитыми. О подсчетах тут https://t.me/wartearsorg/253
Это примерно 1/5 всех потерь ВСУ с 22 февраля. По данным War Tears, на 18 мая ВСУ потеряли 264 432 убитыми.