Russian Authorities Order 230,000 Certificates for Deceased Veterans, Indicating High Death Toll in Ukraine War
Russian authorities have quietly ordered 230,000 certificates for family members of deceased veterans, providing a rare glimpse into the scale of the death toll from Moscow’s involvement in the 19-month-old war in Ukraine. Independent Russian-language news outlet, Verstka, discovered that Russia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development had placed the order, inadvertently revealing the potential extent of losses among Russia’s military.
Insight into the Scale of Losses
The revelation of the order for 230,000 certificates sheds light on the number of casualties Russia may have suffered in the war in Ukraine. Despite Russia claiming that only a few thousand of its soldiers were killed in the “special military operation,” the indirect numbers revealed through the certificate orders provide a clearer picture. Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, highlighted this information in a post on X (formerly Twitter).