More than 100,000 Russian troops have been killed or wounded since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, a similar number of casualties for Ukrainian forces, US Chief of Staff Mark Milley estimated on Wednesday.
“More than 100,000 Russian soldiers are dead and wounded,” Milley said in remarks at the Economic Club of New York. “The same is probably true on the Ukrainian side,” he added.
These are the most accurate figures provided by the US government more than eight months into the war. This assessment has yet to be independently confirmed.
Milley added that negotiations to end the war remain open, and that a military victory for Russia or Ukraine may not be possible.
“There has to be a mutual recognition that military victory, in the true sense of the word, cannot be achieved by military means, so you have to divert to other means,” the senior general explained.
“Here is an opportunity, a window for negotiation,” he added.
Milli’s comments come after Russia ordered its troops out of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson in a blow to Moscow’s military campaign.
But officials in Kyiv have responded cautiously, saying the Russian military is unlikely to leave the strategic city without a fight.
US President Joe Biden has cited the withdrawal as evidence that Moscow has “real problems” on the battlefield.