July 23, 2022

Russia's First Female Casualty


Russia's First Female Casualty
Female Russian Armed Forces Wikimedia Commons, Минобороны России

On July 12, 2022, Anastasia Savitskaya, a female Russian soldier, died during the invasion of Ukraine. Savitskaya, a corporal from Volgograd, was the first known female casualty among Russian troops since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.

Not much is known about the circumstances surrounding Savitskaya’s death, nor any biographical information.

The Volgograd region of Russia has so far lost 136 Russian soldiers in Russia's War on Ukraine. Overall, according to one estimate, Russia has lost 38,450 troops during the war.

According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, there were approximately 40,000 women in the Russian Armed Forces in March 2022, with only 10 percent holding officer ranking. Therefore, women account for approximately 4 percent of Russian forces, and less than 1 percent of the officer corps.

 

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