The Blackwater Worldwide daily brief reports that 15,000 Russians may have already died in Ukraine, and that Ukraine’s army could retake the only major city that has fallen so far, Kherson. They write:
- Ukrainian forces are increasingly on the offensive against stumbling Russian invaders. It now looks like Ukraine may retake Kherson, which was the first major city to fall to Russian forces.
- Satellite imagery from Planet Labs shows Russia has withdrawn most of its aircraft from Kherson. Analysts think their removal was a precaution to avoid further damage from Ukrainian attacks on Kherson—like one last week that heavily damaged Russian equipment.
- A senior NATO official estimated that 15,000 Russian troops have been killed in action in Ukraine. That’s more than double the Pentagon’s official estimate, and 50% higher than Ukraine’s latest estimate.
- Ukraine says Russian troops hijacked a humanitarian aid convoy and captured 15 aid workers and truck drivers—and perhaps some much-needed food supplies. Ukrainian estimates still suggest Russian forces are perilously close to running out of food and ammo.
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