With Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine into its 53rd day, we’re now starting to get some casualties figures. With bodies still being recovered from regions Russia’s forces have withdrawn from and many thousands of civilian deaths reported in the city of Mariupol and elsewhere along the frontline, these stats will undoubtedly increase significantly. (Header picture shows civilians murdered by Russia’s forces in the town of Bucha.)
Report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
From 4 a.m. on 24 February 2022, when the Russian Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine
started, to 24:00 midnight on 14 April 2022 (local time), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 4,633 civilian casualties in the country: 1,982 killed and 2,651
A total of 1,982 killed (511 men, 323 women, 34 girls, and 56 boys, as well as 72 children
and 986 adults whose sex is yet unknown).
A total of 2,651 injured (313 men, 230 women, 53 girls, and 56 boys, as well as 147
children and 1,852 adults whose sex is yet unknown).
Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide
impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile
and air strikes. OHCHR believes that the actual figures are considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been going on has been delayed and many reports are
still pending corroboration. This concerns, for example, Mariupol (Donetsk region), Izium (Kharkiv
region), Popasna (Luhansk region), and Borodianka (Kyiv region), where there are allegations of
numerous civilian casualties. These figures are being further corroborated and are not included in
the above statistics. United Nations report on these civilian casualties.
Predictably, Putin’s hiding the shockingly high casualty figures from the Russian people. Last “official” casualty stats is from 25 March – Russia’s ministry of defence said 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed in combat so far. Ukraine claims 20,300 Russian soldiers have been killed since 24 February. A high figure, but just going by the thousands of destroyed pieces of Russian hardware, it’s not an unrealistic one.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Zelensky has no fear of updating the country. April 15th, he said so far 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed & around 10,000 injured. This is a realistic total, as for the most part Ukrainian forces are conducting defensive operations and they’re far more professional than Russia’s poorly trained cannon fodder. BBC report on these military casualties.