The Biden administration announced new estimated casualty figures Monday from Russia’s winter offensive in Ukraine, saying that the country has suffered more than 100,000 casualties since December and the "stunning" number is a key signal that Moscow's effort has “backfired.”
White House official John Kirby told reporters Monday that Russia has "exhausted its military stockpiles and its armed forces" and since December, the US estimates Russia has suffered more than 100,000 casualties, including over 20,000 killed in action.
The US is defining the term “casualty” as both wounded and killed.
Here are the latest developments:
- Intense fighting continues for control of Bakhmut: The Ukrainian military says it is locked in a “positional struggle” as fierce fighting continues to rage in Bakhmut, adding it has been able to push back Russian forces after a series of counterattacks. Serhii Cherevatyi, the spokesperson for the Eastern Grouping of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said that for all its efforts, Russia still had not been able to “completely” capture Bakhmut.
- Vatican peace mission: Ukraine said it has “no knowledge” of a peace mission involving the Vatican to resolve the conflict with Russia. “President Zelensky has not consented to any such discussions on Ukraine’s behalf,” a Ukrainian official close to the presidential office told CNN. “If talks are happening, they are happening without our knowledge or our blessing."
- Explosion of railway in Russia: Video footage taken at the scene of Monday's track explosion, which caused a freight train derailment in Bryansk, Russia, shows dozens of destroyed and burned out rail cars smoldering as emergency crews put out several fires. Alexander Bogomaz, the region’s governor, wrote on Telegram that an explosive detonated 136 kilometers (84.5 miles) along the Bryansk to Unecha railway, which borders Ukraine. He added that there are no casualties.
- "Irregular" talks on detained Americans: Dialogue between the United States and Russia on the status of detained Americans has been "irregular," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday. Blinken called for the immediate release of detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.