OSLO, Norway, January 24 ------ Russia has suffered 180,000 killed or wounded in Ukraine so far, while the figure for the Ukrainians is 100,000 military casualties and 30,000 dead civilians, according to estimates released by Norway's army chief.
"Russian losses are beginning to approach around 180,000 dead or wounded soldiers," Norwegian Chief of Defense Eirik Kristoffersen said in an interview with TV2, without specifying how the numbers were calculated. Norway, a country bordering Russia, has been a member of NATO since its founding in 1949. "Ukrainian losses are probably over 100,000 dead or wounded. In addition, Ukraine has about 30,000 civilians who died in this terrible war," said the Norwegian general.
In November, US army joint chiefs of staff chairman Mark Milley said the Russian army had suffered more than 100,000 dead or wounded, with a "probably" similar toll on the Ukrainian side. Despite heavy losses "Russia is able to continue (this war) for quite a long time," Kristoffersen said, citing Moscow's mobilization and arms production capacities. "What worries most is whether Ukraine is going to be able to keep the Russian air force out of the war," he said, adding that they have been able to so far "thanks to Ukrainian anti-aircraft defenses". The bulk of Russian strikes in recent months have been carried out by long-range missiles.