Georgia hides the number of war casualties
A source in Russian Defence Ministry says Georgian authorities have suppressed the real number of casualties from the conflict in South Ossetia, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
Image from osinform.ruAccording to information collected by Russian military intelligence, the casualties of the Georgian army and other security services, including police, could reach as much as 3000.
“The Georgian leadership tries to hide the real scale of military losses. Our data gathered from various sources indicates that Georgia lost up to 3,000 servicemen and police in attack on South Ossetia,” said a source, also claiming that Georgia's Western allies have been aware of the numbers of Georgian casualties.
It must be noted that the latest figures published by Georgian officials are as follows: 372 dead, including 188 civilians, 168 soldiers and 16 police.
These numbers in particular show the desire of the Georgians to claim more civilian than military victims, while Russia has repeatedly denied any strikes on civilians in Georgia. In spite of the fact that Georgia was internationally condemned for being an aggressor in the conflict in South Ossetia, Georgia’s leadership still have vague hopes to win the media war it is waging on Russia.
The source also pointed out that the high number of losses of Georgian army could be explained by the low morale of Georgian troops, and reservist servicemen in particular, claiming that many MIAs had actually fled the battlefield.
"Besides, many Georgian soldiers, who are accounted for as MIA, are deserters," he said. "Georgian police are still looking for these people, who simply left the battlefield."
Russia has officially confirmed the loss of 66 killed and at least 340 wounded servicemen.
Russia also claims that Georgia still hold POWs, among which could be crew members of the TU-22 bomber that was shot down by a Ukrainian-made anti-aircraft complex allegedly operated by Ukrainian mercenaries.