Could Putin's invasion of Ukraine be the biggest military blunder of the 21st century?
In the space of just 45 days, Russia's losses in Ukraine have been staggering.
To date, Russia has lost 19,300 men, as shown in the infographic. Next to the overall losses experienced by all countries that fought in the First and Second World wars, the losses would appear to be relatively light.
By comparison, during the Vietnam War, a conflict that lasted from 1955 to 1975, the United States lost 58,821 men. Averaged out over 20 years, with most of the losses taking place from 1965 to 1975, this number represents a loss of 245 men per month.
In short, Russia has managed to lose 19,000 men in the space of a month and a half, or 422 men per day. It took the United States a little more than 77 months to lose the same number.
If current trends continue and Russia continues to pour men and materiel into Ukraine without making any notable headway, it could find itself having lost at least 100,000 men by next February.
In this light, Russia's losses and potential losses are simply staggering. At the very least, they reflect stupendous incompetence on the part of Russia's military leadership.