Recently released intelligence from the United States has uncovered significant Russian casualties in Ukraine.
Recently released American intelligence shows that Russia has experienced significant defeats due to its invasion of Ukraine, which has been ongoing for almost two years. These losses have been especially damaging during their most recent attack.
According to the evaluation, which was partially disclosed to VOA, over 13,000 Russian soldiers have been injured or killed since the start of Moscow’s October attack along the Avdiivka-Novopavlivka area in eastern Ukraine.
According to U.S. intelligence, Ukraine’s military has rendered inoperative or incapacitated over 220 Russian military vehicles, equivalent to six battalions’ worth.
According to a statement from National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson to VOA, Russia’s offensive effort did not result in any significant strategic gains. The losses incurred by Russia are described as “severe.”
However, she stated that Russia remains committed to moving forward. It appears that Russia’s strategy is to prolong the military stalemate throughout the winter in hopes of diminishing Western support for Ukraine. Ultimately, this may give Russia an advantage despite facing losses and ongoing challenges with personnel, munitions, and equipment shortages.
The decision to declassify the latest intelligence Tuesday comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Washington, visiting with U.S. lawmakers and with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Zelenskyy appealed to U.S. legislators at the National Defense University in Washington on Monday, urging them not to abandon Ukraine’s military and to offer further assistance and weaponry. He cautioned that Moscow views Ukraine as a mere pawn in its larger agenda.
He stated, “We are prepared for the task.” “You can rely on Ukraine, and we also hope to have your support.”
The White House is urging U.S. legislators to authorize over $61 billion in additional funding for Kyiv before the year ends.
However, certain legislators have objected, particularly among Republicans who are adamant that any agreement to increase funding for Ukraine must also contain measures to bolster U.S. immigration policies and fortify security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The latest declassified intelligence is being cited by White House officials to emphasize that delaying funding for Ukraine is not an option.
According to a high-ranking official in the administration, who spoke to VOA under the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the intelligence and political discussions, this demonstrates Ukraine’s effectiveness in halting Russian forces. However, Putin is still giving orders for his troops to advance.
The official emphasized the importance of continuing to provide support to Ukraine and ensuring that they have the necessary resources to defend themselves.
High-ranking officials from the United States armed forces and intelligence agencies have previously stated that Russia’s military has been significantly weakened, potentially by five to ten years, due to their involvement in Ukraine.
The Pentagon issued a warning on Monday that not supporting Ukraine would send the wrong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Even though he is isolated, Putin remains confident in his ability to outlast both Ukraine and America,” stated Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during his discussion with Zelenskyy at the National Defense University on Monday. He emphasized the importance of standing up against the Kremlin’s aggression now in order to prevent further attacks, violence, and chaos in the future.
This report was contributed by Patsy Widakuswara.