42,284 Russian soldiers lost: The human cost of the Ukraine war

Since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, at least 42,284 Russian soldiers have lost their lives

by Sead Dedovic
42,284 Russian soldiers lost: The human cost of the Ukraine war
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The war between Russia and Ukraine caused fear in the world, considering that many could predict that this war could cause enormous consequences for both countries, as well as the whole world. Fortunately, at the moment the war has not spread to neighboring countries, but there is still a fear that it could happen. Both countries mobilized and recognized that achieving their goals would be impossible without a large and well-trained army. Since the start of the war, the number of casualties has been increasing rapidly, and the recent figures have surprised many.

Since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, at least 42,284 Russian soldiers have lost their lives, according to research by Meduza and the Russian BBC. This includes 5,089 mobilized soldiers and 7,810 prisoners recruited from Russian prisons. Among them, 3,053 were officers, with 349 holding a rank of lieutenant colonel or higher.

The research, based on media obituaries and social media messages from relatives, also revealed that Moscow lost at least 482 military personnel, and St. Petersburg lost 480. The Russian Ministry of Defense does not disclose human loss data or comment on figures from journalists.

Additionally, "Important Stories" reported that the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation prohibited its regional branches from disclosing information about individuals involved in the Ukraine war and receiving social benefits since 2022. Similarly, the Russian Ministry of Defense stopped releasing information on military pensions for disabled veterans, war widows, and orphans in April, citing similar concerns.

Both countries have somewhat closed politics since the beginning of the war, Russia in particular. Ukrainians cooperate with the countries of the European Union and the US. Zelenskyy is trying to achieve goals and find a solution for his country, which is in difficult moments. He is aware that without the support of the biggest countries in the world, Ukraine will hardly have the strength to resist a more powerful opponent. The course of the war so far gives optimism. Nevertheless, it is necessary for Ukraine to continue receiving support in order to achieve its goal. Everyone's primary goal should be an end to war and complete peace.

Ukrainians are angry with the Russians and lately, they have been using the moment to carry out attacks on Russian territory. The last in the series happened today.

A fire broke out at Novatek, Russia's main liquefied natural gas producer. There are reports of Ukrainian drones flying around 1,100 kilometers to target the terminal on the Baltic Sea. The incident happened at the port terminal in the Russian part of the Gulf of Finland, west of Saint Petersburg. 

The regional governor confirmed no casualties, and staff were safely evacuated, but the cause of the fire is still unknown. Witnesses heard a drone and explosions. No damage to three international tankers in the area was reported. The region declared a "high alert," and there's been no direct comment from Ukraine or Novatek. This is the latest incident in a series of attacks on supply infrastructure amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

This kind of attack causes fear that the Ukrainians will carry out several more attacks in the coming period, but not only that. On the other hand, there is fear that this will cause even greater anger on the part of the Russians, who will retaliate with the same measure or even twice as much. In this atmosphere, it is difficult to expect that peace could appear in the coming period. The Ukrainians want to stop the Russians by all means and take revenge on them for what they have been doing since the beginning of the war.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited Donald Trump

Zelenskyy is open to making friends with everyone, even with the former US president, Donald Trump, who said some things that caused a lot of talk about the war in Ukraine. It seems like the Ukrainian leader wants to forget about what happened before and is ready to meet with Trump to talk about what comes next.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invited former US President Donald Trump to Kiev, asking him to end the war with Russia within 24 hours, as Trump had previously claimed he could. Zelensky expressed caution towards Trump, citing past controversies, including impeachment. Trump, confident in his ability to negotiate, emphasized his good relationship with both Zelensky and Putin. The invitation comes amid Zelensky's efforts to strengthen ties, despite reservations about Trump's previous actions. Current polls show Trump leading Joe Biden in key federal states.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the future. We hope that leaders like Trump can fix the current problems and bring peace to the world. The situations in Ukraine and the Middle East don't look good. That's why leaders need to work together to find a solution and stop the chaos.

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