Kiev has reportedly admitted its forces in Donbass are greatly outnumbered by the Russian troops. Moscow’s forces have seven soldiers in Eastern Ukraine against each Ukrainian one, a Ukraine-based ABC correspondent, Tom Soufi Burridge, said on Twitter on Wednesday, citing Sergey Nikiforov, a spokesman for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Moscow has never officially revealed the total number of troops involved in what it calls a military operation in Ukraine. Before the conflict began, however, the Western media and officials made some estimates about the number of military personnel Russia had amassed on Ukraine’s borders. A week before the conflict broke out in late February, the US said that Russia had between 169,000 and 190,000 troops in the region. In mid-February, Estonian intelligence put that number at around 150,000.
The figures revealed by Nikiforov put earlier statements made by Zelensky into question. Last week, the Ukrainian president said that Kiev had “700,000 people” under its command. “So, what you see is the result of the work of 700,000 people who are fighting and defending our territory,” he told the broadcaster Ukraine 24.