"It's a state secret!" Maliar commented on the NYT data on losses in the war in Ukraine
Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Anna Maliar has commented on media reports about the total losses of up to half a million people on both sides of the war in Ukraine. She emphasized that information about the number of our dead during martial law is a state secret because it can help the enemy in calculating further actions of the AFU.
The corresponding statement Maliar published on the official Telegram channel. "Foreign media publishes information about the alleged number of our dead from time to time Therefore, I will explain the situation once again. During martial law, this information is a state secret. Not because someone wants to hide the number, but because it is a requirement of the military," she noted.
Maliar added that the data on Ukrainian losses are secret because of the number of dead and wounded the enemy uses to calculate our possible further actions during the active phase of the war.
"The fact is that certain military actions depend on the percentage of dead and wounded in relation to the total number of servicemen. Accordingly, if these figures are known, the enemy can calculate our actions in advance," the official explained.
According to her, it is not only about the total number of losses but also about the number of losses of specific units and directions, especially during battles.
"If the enemy has such information, they will understand some of our next steps. Information on the total number of dead and wounded during martial law is state secret. A very limited circle of people has access to this information and they are warned of criminal liability for the disclosure," Maliar said.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, The New York Times, citing US officials, wrote that the Russian army lost more than 300 thousand soldiers in the war against Ukraine. The total losses of the parties are estimated up to half a million people. The article called such figures staggering since Russia has an advantage both in equipment and manpower.