Did Russian units really get "mauled" in the early stages of the SMO? There were plenty of "claims" by sources that have been shown to lie constantly. The actual confirmed losses of these various units (for example the 155th Marine Brigade) are all tiny fractions of what the claims are. In fact, captured Ukrainian documents seem to indicate that the Ukes were losing 2 soldiers for every 1 Russian in the early days; a number that has gotten even worse for them as Russian artillery dominance becomes ever more pronounced.

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