Mr. Burns, CIA Director, gives his “estimates”.
Burns, who heads an organization which HAS to know, which most of the time is not the case nowadays, heard about this ratio–a very rough one–of one to three of KIAs to wounded during combat and, using his math skills decided to come up with a base number of Russian forces’ KIAs and then multiply it by 3. So, 15,000 KIAS x 3 = 45,000 wounded. Sure. The only issue here is that Burns, evidently, doesn’t understand how this works in real life and what it takes to provide hospitalization and transportation of those both KIAs and wounded to the rear areas and there is no med-evac activity, even through open sources (remember, OSINT–Open Source Intelligence), which is even remotely commensurate to Burns’ claims.
Yes, there are KIAs and wounded on Russian side, not to mention the fact that the bulk of those also comes from LDNR militias, but if Mr. Burns would be a serious and responsible professional, not an average US political appointee who needs to lie for a living, the real number would have been–estimates only–about 15,000 wounded and, by following this 1 to 3 ratio, about 5,000 KIAs on Russian side. But then again, even the brief look at the American “elites” today tells one everything one needs to know. When even Pentagon begins to express grave concern:
Pelosi also wants to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, so, as you can see, the legislative activity in the House is at its peak and this old mummy is getting involved fully into foreign policy without having a clue what she is doing, which is a normal Modus Operandi for Washington.
In related news, what everyone knows in Russia has been reiterated today (in Russian)–HIMARS are controlled by NATO personnel and the tactics is pretty primitive: “hide” HIMARS rockets behind VSU’s salvo of MLRS (such as Smerch or what have you), allow local Russian AD to expend its missiles shooting initial salvo down and then launch HIMARS rockets while Russian AD complexes reload. Well, it is a kindergarten thinking which already was addressed by “portioning” of AD assets in any given locality, reserving missiles for shooting down HIMARS missiles. They are being shot down in large numbers. Even when one considers almost real time targeting provided by the US to VSU, Pentagon doesn’t have a concept of modern and effective front line air defense and the only thing which they have going for them is the high mobility of HIMARS which leave the position immediately after the launch. Nothing new, really. In general, this is the extent to which Pentagon realistically can get involved without beginning to lose personnel and assets in Middle East. That is easily arranged.
Now they want to send combat aircraft to 404.
Sure, let those arrive to Ukraine, LOL. I am positive there are many Russian pilots of Su-35s and Su-30SM (will omit now Su-57s) and crews of S-400s and S-300V4s who are salivating at the possibility to down a few F-15s or Rafales. Per A-10, it is not even serious, A-10 is a good CAS aircraft, but it is very slow and it never faced anything like S1 Pantsir or Tor M2, let alone Buk-M3. Not to mention first rate air force. But sure. Looks like this Aspen Forum was one huge concentrated fantastical thinking and butt-hurt gathering.
Meanwhile Ukies and Washington continue to masturbate to Russian mobilization in the piece from Ukie propaganda outlet titled: General mobilization in Russia would mean Putin’s failure in Ukraine – Ukraine’s intelligence
But for some reason this, oh so desired, mobilization doesn’t come. I addressed this issue yesterday in my latest video and the unraveling of the guiding myths of America’s self-proclaimed global status continues with acceleration and desperation now oozes from every pore of what’s left of the contemporary so called governance in the United States. We ain’t seen nothing yet.