Both Ukrainians and Russians are silent about the losses in their own ranks. In a video interview, however, Selenskyj's advisor Arestovych allows himself to at least make an approximate estimate: it is overwhelmingly high. Arestovych says Russian losses are even higher.
About 10,000 Ukrainian army soldiers have been killed since the Russian invasion in February, according to an aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The number fell on Friday in one of regular YouTube interviews by presidential trustee Oleksiy Arestovych with Russian opposition figure Mark Feygin.
Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said this week that up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are currently being killed every day. Arestovych also said that around 100 military personnel were dying a day on the Ukrainian side, even at the beginning of the war. When Feygin asked if one could assume that around 10,000 soldiers were killed in total, he replied: "Yes, roughly".
Neither Ukraine nor Russia have so far provided exhaustive information on the casualties in the war that began on February 24. According to Arestovych, more Russian than Ukrainian soldiers are constantly being killed. On Friday, the Ukrainian artillery attacks with Western ammunition were particularly efficient, he said, citing the estimate of around 600 Russian soldiers killed.
In view of this, the Zelenskyj adviser appealed to the West to deliver arms and ammunition much more quickly. The Ukrainian government is very grateful for the help so far, without which it would probably have been pushed back behind the Dnieper River. But he doesn't understand the slowness of the deliveries. In order to beat back Russian aggression, Ukraine needs, among other things, more artillery firepower, emphasized Arestovych. As expected by military experts, artillery plays a larger role in the embattled eastern Ukraine than in the repulsed Russian advance towards the capital Kyiv.