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Fifteen thousand dead and many more wounded. About 6 million refugees. Half of businesses have closed and 4.8 million jobs have been lost. More than 1.5 million internally displaced people. At least $100 billion in infrastructure damage.
One hundred days after the start of the Russian invasion, Ukraine is still counting the cost.
For those who have lost loved ones, of course, the toll of war, whatever the outcome, goes far beyond statistical accounting. And for warlords, any assessment of the price of conflict will ultimately be made with reference to its victor.
Neither side showed any appetite to end the dispute on Friday. Peace talks have long stalled. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that the conflict had become “a war of attrition”, with no end in sight.
The Kremlin spokesman said the fighting would continue until Moscow had achieved its goals. Russia now controls a fifth of the country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a defiant video to mark the grim milestone that “victory will be ours!”
Yet Mr. Zelensky’s late-night speeches are often a litany of damage done and lives lost. They usually end with a list of state medals he has given to combatants, including those awarded posthumously. On Thursday, that figure was 72.
“It would be hard to overstate the toll that the international armed conflict in Ukraine has taken on civilians over the past 100 days,” said International Committee of the Red Cross Director General Robert Mardini.
“The scale of destruction in cities defies belief,” he added. “Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed and civilians have suffered the horrors of the conflict, with lives lost and families torn apart.
The losses on the Russian side were more difficult to calculate. In late March, the Russian military said 1,351 soldiers had died, but has not provided an update since. Mr Zelensky said Ukrainian officials estimated that at least 30,000 Russian soldiers had been killed, while a British intelligence estimate suggested Moscow had lost 20% of its military capability.
There were few attempts on Russian television on Friday to mark the 100-day milestone, perhaps reflecting the Kremlin’s suggestion early in the conflict that its “special military operation” in Ukraine would likely be over soon.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry S. Peskov said Friday that many populated areas had been “liberated” from Ukraine’s military, which he described as “Nazi-minded”, along with other forces unspecified “nationalists”.
Peskov said Russia’s military operations were aimed at taking control of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, two breakaway regions in the east of the country.
In a statement, the United Nations crisis coordinator for Ukraine, Amin Awad, said whoever won the conflict, the record was “unacceptable”.
“This war has and will have no winner,” Awad said in a statement. “On the contrary, we have witnessed for 100 days what is lost: lives, homes, jobs and prospects.”
Neil MacFarquhar contributed report.