More Than Half of Wounded Russian Soldiers Are Amputees: Official

  • More than half of Russian troops injured in the Ukraine war have had amputations, a Russian official said.
  • “This is really a glaring issue,” said Russian government official Alexey Vovchenko, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Russian troops have been injured or killed since the start of the war.

More than half of the Russian troops wounded in the Kremlin’s grinding war against Ukraine are now amputees, according to a Russian government official who called the situation a “glaring” problem. 

Alexey Vovchenko, the deputy minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, revealed that roughly 54% of Russian soldiers who were injured in the war and are receiving treatment have had a limb amputated, Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported on Tuesday. 

“That is, this is really a glaring issue, it’s a large number. We don’t have such a [high] percentage of amputations among disabled civilians,” Vovchenko said at a round table discussion on the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers at the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, according to the newspaper. 

Upper limb amputations account for 20% of the amputations that Russian soldiers wounded on the battlefields in Ukraine have had, Vovchenko noted, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported. 

Vovchenko said that an average of three prosthetic and medical care products have been prescribed to injured Russian troops seeking treatment. 

“These are not only prosthetics, but also wheelchairs of various types, special clothing, and orthopedic shoes,” Vovchenko said, according to the newspaper. “The appointments for all the necessary equipment required for individual rehabilitation and habilitation programs are already underway.”

Roughly 500,000 Russian and Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, US officials told The New York Times in a report published in August. 

The US officials said at the time that Russia’s military casualties were nearing 300,000, and included as many as 120,000 deaths and up to 180,000 injuries. 

Translations by Oleksandr Vynogradov

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