He noted: "Yurii Butusov keeps statistics and updates the information in his status (on the subject - ed.). His data is close to that which is on my desk now. Namely: personnel losses for the period of Jan. 18 - Feb. 18 are estimated at 179 people killed, 110 people captured, and 81 people missing in action.
"179 people have fallen in a month. In fact it is a little more, some of the missing will inevitably turn out to be dead, alas. Is it a lot or little, is it reasonable or "we have been betrayed"?
"Here are figures from another report: "Report on losses of the illegal armed formations and units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the ATO area."
"Since the beginning of 2015, at the Debaltseve bridgehead:
- personnel - 2,911 people
- tanks - 42 units
- AFVs - 33 units
- MLRS - 27 units
"Since the cease-fire (Feb. 15, 2015):
- personnel - 868 people
- tanks - 8 units
- AFVs - 11 units
- MLRS - 4 units
"The enemy has thrown 15,000 - 17,000 troops against our group of 2,500! Its superiority in manpower was by 5-7 times! Our losses constituted 180-200 people, the losses of the enemy - 868 … Our units destroyed a huge number of enemies. The term "Pyrrhic victory" has now become much more tangible for the enemy.
"We have heroes and cowards. We have decent commanders and scum. We are learning to fight, from soldier to general. We will lose our brothers and we will kill our enemies. And some say we will win. Sooner or later, but inevitably," Biriukov concluded.