How many people have died in the Ukraine war?

After 46 days since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the number of people who have lost their lives in the conflict is difficult to estimate and balances vary by agency or government that provides the data.

Regarding the number of civilians killed since February 24, the United Nations has been able to verify the death of 1,842 people, including 148 children. The agency warns that there is still information to be verified from some areas of Ukraine, so the figure could be considerably higher.

For their part, kyiv and Moscow they have not constantly updated the balance of deaths within their troops, but the figures are wildly different depending on who is reporting on them. The Government of Volodímir Zelenski assures that 1,300 of its soldiers have died in the fighting and figures in 18,000 that of the Russian military, while the Moscow authorities indicate that 1,351 of their troops have died and 14,000 Ukrainian military.

More than 1,800 civilians killed, including 148 children

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the only entity that has been able to verify the number of civilian fatalities in the war in Ukraine, has reported that, Since the invasion began, 1,842 people have died.

According to OHCHR, between February 24 and midnight on April 10, 474 men, 301 women, 28 girls and 50 boysas well as 70 children and 919 adults whose sex could not be identified. The human rights office assures that the real figures could be considerably higher and points out that information from some areas where there have been heavy clashes has yet to be verified.

The report details that in the Donetsk and Lugansk regionswhere fighting has intensified in recent days, 656 people have died: 583 in territories controlled by the Ukrainian government and 73 in territory controlled by the self-proclaimed republics.

In a statement, OHCHR has reported that the majority of civilian casualties have been caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, What heavy artillery bombardment and multiple rocket launch systemsas well as air and missile attacks.

Furthermore, according to the UN office, 2,493 civilians would have been injured by bombing by Russian troops, including 287 men, 216 women, 49 girls and 50 boys, as well as 1,757 adults and 134 children whose gender is unknown.

For their part, the Ukrainian authorities have encrypted 176 the number of children who have perished in the country since the beginning of the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office has detailed that the region with highest number of minor victims is Donetsk, followed by kyiv, Kharkov, Chernigov and Mykolaiv. It also indicates that other 336 children have been injured in the country.

The Ukrainian Government has not recently offered figures on the total number of civilian fatalities, although in recent days the Ukrainian authorities have found the bodies of 410 civilians in the kyiv region. In turn, the mayor of the city of Chernigov, north of kyiv, has confirmed the death of 700 people between soldiers and civilians since the beginning of the Russian invasion, as well as the disappearance of another 40 individuals. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (DSNS) reported on March 2 that more than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians had been killed.

From 1,300 to 14,000 Ukrainian military

The Ukrainian authorities have not updated the number of military casualties for several days since the Russian invasion began. Zelensky confirmed in mid-March that at least 1,300 soldiers died in the fighting.

The number of deaths within the Ukrainian troops offered by the Zelensky government is much lower than that provided by the first deputy to the Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Sergei Rudskoi.

The Russian general stressed at the end of March that “the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have amounted to around 30,000 troops, of which 14,000 have died“.

Between 1,300 and 19,500 Russian soldiers killed

The figures offered by the governments of Russia and Ukraine, as well as NATO, on deceased Russian soldiers also vary. A senior official of the Atlantic Alliance has reported that in the first month of war between 7,000 and 15,000 members of the Russian troops would have died in the war in Ukraine, according to the newspaper ‘Washington Post‘.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces assures that between February 24 and April 3, Russia has lost about 19,500 soldiersas well as 154 planes, 137 helicopters and 725 tanks, among many other weapons and equipment.

The number is very different from estimates offered by Russia, which claims that 1,351 of its soldiers have died in the fighting in Ukraine. Furthermore, although Moscow has only confirmed the death of one of his generals, kyiv and officials from Western countries believe that since the war began seven would have died.

Senior Russian military officials also reported that until March 25 at least 3,850 Russian soldiers would have been injured.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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