Comment: Note that these two sources, along with the current article you are reading, are vehemently anti-Putin media outlets.
Two-thirds of all confirmed dead -- volunteers, conscripts, ex-inmates, and fighters from private military companies -- were not connected to the military before the start of the invasion, researchers found.
The number includes 5,406 mobilized soldiers, 80 percent of whom were killed in the second year of the war.
Krasnodar, Sverdlovsk, Bashkortostan, and Chelyabinsk are the regions with the highest number of dead.
Journalists have identified 27,906 Russian soldiers killed last year -- 57 percent more than the confirmed losses in the first year of the invasion.
Comment: Again, at that juncture, Western media was breathlessly reporting to its audiences that ten times that figure had been killed.