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Heavy Losses Leave Russia Short of Its Goal, U.S. Officials Say

By Helene Cooper

11 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT reports on the very high number of Russian troop casualties in Ukraine, as estimated by U.S. officials—suggesting Putin’s plan to annex big swaths of eastern Ukraine may well be foiled.

WASHINGTON — The staggeringly high rate of Russian casualties in Ukraine means that President Vladimir Putin may not be able to achieve one of his key war objectives: seizing the entire eastern region of the country this year, officials in the Biden administration and military experts say.

With 500 Russian troops killed or wounded every day, according to the latest estimate by U.S. intelligence and military officials, Russia’s war effort has decelerated to a grinding slog, the officials said.

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