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Olaf Scholz, Germany's chancellor, during a news conference following a Special European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (Simon Wohlfahrt/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Russia suffers around 24,000 soldiers killed or seriously injured per month during its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, as reported by n-tv on May 26.

While the exact numbers cannot be independently verified, Ukraine's military said that Moscow's losses throughout the full-scale war recently hit half a million killed or wounded.

"There is a figure that says there are 24,000 killed or seriously injured Russian soldiers per month," Scholz said during a citizens' dialogue.

"All of this for the Russian president's (Vladimir Putin) imperialist megalomania."

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in February that 180,000 Russian troops had been killed since the start of the all-out war. The president said that over 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed during the same time.

Western officials gave similar estimates about Russian battlefield losses. Leo Docherty, the British minister of state for the Armed Forces, said in late April the U.K. estimates Russian losses to be over 450,000.

Russia remains tight-lipped about its losses and only acknowledged around 6,000 soldiers killed as of September 2022.

As Russian losses in Ukraine hit 500,000, Putin buries future demographic risks at home
According to Ukraine’s General Staff, over half a million Russian soldiers were either killed or wounded in Ukraine during the 27-month-long full-scale war. The staggering number is in line with the estimates of the U.K. and France, which said earlier in May that the overall Russian losses are set
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