A reported 42,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, US officials told Fox News.
The data was based on the latest American assessment of battlefield warfare, and the number of deaths is about five times higher than previously reported.
Officials also said 50,000 Russian soldiers were killed, which continues to rise, and 180,000 were wounded.
The Ukrainian forces, while not as bad, have also suffered greatly with 20,000 killed in action and 130,000 wounded in the last 13 months.
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The White House and Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment on new casualty figures.
The Pentagon hopes that additional American munitions – another $375 million announced over the weekend – and the White House’s decision to reverse course and allow Ukrainian pilots to train on American-made F-16 fighters, will help break a month-long stalemate in the war.
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In the White House reading from G-7 Japan following President Biden’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, there was no mention of a spring offensive, which US officials expect to kick off in the coming weeks .
Some Pentagon officials have been privately frustrated by Ukraine’s delay in launching its highly anticipated counteroffensive after hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and munitions have arrived in recent months and are ready to be used against Russian forces.
There was also no mention of Russia’s defeat in Ukraine in the White House reading. Pentagon officials said they were restricted by the White House from using the word “win” in public statements.
Some foreign policy pundits indicate that the British have led the way when it comes to introducing new weapons into Ukraine, first training Ukrainian pilots on fourth-generation jets (British forces do not fly F-16s, but Tornado fighter-bombers) before the announcement of the White House and the decision of the United Kingdom to send Storm-Shadow cruise missiles to Ukraine similar to the American-made Tomahawk cruise missiles, but with a more limited range.
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Despite Russia’s claims that it has won the months-long battle for the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, Zelenskyy said in Hiroshima on Sunday, Bakhmut “did not [been] captured today by the Russian Federation. There can’t be two or three interpretations of this.”