After two weeks of active fighting on mainland Ukraine, Russian propaganda does not detail the loss of its own troops, providing only general, apparently understated numbers of casualties, mentioning some of the “heroic deeds” of its own soldiers. Information about individual, specific Russian military casualties appears primarily in reports from local authorities in the regions where they live in Russia, usually officers. At the same time, it is obvious that a significant number of losses of the aggressor fall on the citizens of Ukraine who illegally took part in the “military service” in the occupied Crimea. This is evidenced by data on Crimean prisoners of war, captured by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which were collected by journalist Serhiy Mokrushin through the analysis of videos and other testimonies published by the Ukrainian military.

In particular, he proved that at least five Crimean citizens from different parts of the peninsula, who were soldiers of the 126th Coast Guard Brigade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and several people who served as an aggressor in the 127th Separate Intelligence Brigade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Under such conditions, it is impossible for the aggressor’s soldiers to have nobody killed and seriously wounded in these units, including the Crimean residents, but the Russia’s occupiers carefully conceal information about them. In addition, the Ukrainian authorities and the media have repeatedly reported the destruction of planes, helicopters and naval vessels of the Russian army based in Sevastopol, Novofedorovka and Dzhankoy, which is absolutely impossible without casualties. At the same time, the aggressor state does not deny those facts, but Russia simply conceals this information and continues to hide information about the victims of the war from the Crimean residents. At the same time, it is noteworthy that after the mass capture of the aggressor’s Crimean soldiers, Russia is currently carrying out major mobilization measures within the Southern Military District not in the occupied Crimea, but in the Caucasus.