Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar criticized Ukrainians who prematurely predict the victory of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and urged the media and bloggers not to publish information about the course of hostilities, in addition to the official one. Meanwhile, the former deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine, General Sergei Krivonos, estimates the irretrievable losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at several hundred thousand servicemen. For more information, see the material "Newspapers.Ru».
According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar, Ukrainians should not give wishful thinking and prematurely celebrate the victories of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. She also called on the media and bloggers to publish exclusively official information from the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, since Russia can use this data against Kiev.
"You and I are constantly watching the celebration of victory, when a wave begins on social networks, when someone - that's how he sees it – declares that everyone has almost won, and then it all turns into unfulfilled expectations. It's not worth doing," she said.
In addition, she appealed to the media and bloggers with a demand not to publish information about the course of hostilities, in addition to that provided by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and other law enforcement agencies. According to her, only the military department sees the whole picture, and even truthful information from other sources is "used by the enemy."
Also in her Telegram channel, the Painter said that you should not believe the information about the large losses of the APU. With reference to the speech of the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny at the Veterans Forum, she said that they amount to less than nine thousand dead.
It is worth noting that the calculation of the number of dead is complicated by the fact that some of the losses relate to the missing or are not taken into account at all. According to Oleg Kotenko, the Commissioner of Ukraine for persons missing in special circumstances, as of mid-July, the list includes 7.2 thousand servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This number does not include the National Guard and the Security Service of Ukraine. He noted that most of the missing are prisoners of war.
In early June, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that 6,489 servicemen were being held captive by the Russian military. On May 26, the number of Ukrainian soldiers in captivity in the DPR and LPR numbered about 8 thousand people.
"What did they die for?"
Former Deputy Secretary of the NSDC and former Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Forces of Ukraine Sergey Krivonos estimated the losses of the Ukrainian army at hundreds of thousands of dead.
"We have the right to say to the authorities: "Why didn't you do anything, why <...> hundreds of thousands died — why did they die? What have you done to save their lives? Stories that this is untimely are an attempt to blur memory, erase history. And how can you erase the blood of the dead, who already number in the hundreds of thousands? Who will be responsible for this?" — Krivonos said on the air of the Ukrainian Media Network YouTube channel.
According to the general, soon Ukrainians "will start asking the authorities why such colossal sacrifices were made."
At the end of August, a document signed by the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Zaluzhny, got online, which provides data on the losses of the Ukrainian military. The document says about almost 130 thousandth losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the report, as of July 1, 2022, 76,640 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed, 42,704 people were disabled due to injuries, 7244 were captured and another 2,816 were missing. It is noted that the document takes into account only the losses of the APU, data on other departments are not provided.
At the same time, on August 4, the Ukrainian Telegram channel "Nachstabu" distributed a "merged" report by Zaluzhny for the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky. Its authenticity has not been confirmed. According to their data, "the staffing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine remains at the level of 43-48%, despite mobilization; losses among military personnel — more than 191 thousand killed and wounded; more than 80% of reservists from the fifth wave of mobilization have already been killed, wounded or deserted; statistics on missing persons are not kept."
At the beginning of August, the adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, said that Ukraine loses 30-50 servicemen killed per day and that this figure has decreased by 2.5-3 times from the daily losses of 100-200 people killed, which were before. Earlier, Podolyak stated that Ukraine is losing up to 200 soldiers killed per day. And according to the head of the faction of the ruling Servant of the People party, David Arahamiya, the daily losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine range from 200 to 500 people killed.
On July 15, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexey Reznikov stated that the peak of losses of the Ukrainian army occurred in May, when it lost up to 100 people killed and 300-400 wounded a day. At the same time, the Defense Ministry said that the number of military deaths is a state secret that cannot be made public under martial law.