Ukrainian service members are seen next to armoured vehicles near the frontline town of Bakhmut, in Donetsk region, Ukraine, February 25. REUTERS/Yan Dobronosov  

Insider: All 500 original members of a Ukrainian battalion were killed or wounded in fighting with Russia, commander says 

* Ukraine’s defense is being hindered by the loss of experienced soldiers, The Washington Post reported. 

* One commander said all 500 original members of his battalion had been killed or injured. 

* Soldiers with significant combat experience “are all already dead or wounded,” the commander said. 

The war in Ukraine is bleeding both sides, with each suffering more than 100,000 military casualties (killed and wounded) since Russia launched its full-scale invasion last year. 

But with Moscow able to draft fighters from a population that dwarfs that of Ukraine, there is growing concern that Kyiv is less capable of suffering sustained losses — and that this will jeopardize its ability to strike back this spring, The Washington Post reported on Monday. 

The gravity of the situation is illustrated by the experience of Ukraine’s 46th Air Assault Brigade.

A commander of a battalion within the brigade told the Post that he’d lost every one of the 500 people he commanded back in February 2022, leading them to be replaced with fresh recruits far less capable on the battlefield. 

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WNU Editor: The key part of the Washington Post article is here …. 

 …. After a year of war, Kupol, a lieutenant colonel, said his battalion is unrecognizable. Of about 500 soldiers, roughly 100 were killed in action and another 400 wounded, leading to complete turnover. Kupol said he was the sole military professional in the battalion, and he described the struggle of leading a unit composed entirely of inexperienced troops. 

The Washington Post article is here …. Ukraine short of skilled troops and munitions as losses, pessimism grow.