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The true number of casualties in Russia from its invasion of Ukraine is an open secret. The Kremlin maintains a policy of silence and many Russians do not speak publicly for fear of repercussions.

But the number of Russians wounded in combat is believed to be overwhelming.

The Pentagon estimates that the number of Russian dead is around 60,000 and the number of wounded is three or four times that number, which represents a total approximately 300,000 casualtiesaccording to a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A senior Russian official estimated that amputees accounted for more than half of the injured graves.

The New York Times interviewed five wounded Russian soldiers and the families of others to learn more about what happens to the large number of wounded, who return home to unequal treatment and little debate about their situation.

One has a microprocessor to move the fingers of his prosthetic arm, but his mechanical elbow is simple: It can hold a glass, but not lift it. The arm, he said, was “more aesthetic than functional.”

Another soldier lost part of his brain and depends on his wife to care for him. She turned to crowdfunding and wrote, “I feel like I’m putting my loved one together like a puzzle.”

A Russian who visited his brother-in-law in a Moscow hospital said that most of the six soldiers in the ward were still wearing combat uniforms, so he brought them new clothes, soap, toothbrushes and a hot meal.

Some praise the medical care available, while others describe an overloaded system, with shortages of everything from medications to adult diapers.

The wounded are often pressured to quickly return to the front.

One soldier who suffered shrapnel wounds said he was ordered to return to the front six days after being discharged from the hospital.

“It was a conveyor belt,” he said of his crowded pavilion.

The injured are not completely hidden. President Vladimir Putin has made some visits to hospitals, sometimes handing out medals, and state media often present wounded veterans as heroes.

Anton Filimonov, who lost a leg after stepping on a mine, has become one of those symbols in Russia, that of an amputee overcoming adversity.

He has said publicly that Russians were “not prepared” to see amputees, and some medical workers have noted a clear lack of public compassion, and amputees have been seen begging on the streets.

More information about these soldiers here.

Alina Lobzina, Oleg Matsnev and Helen Cooper They collaborated with reporting.

Neil MacFarquhar has been a Times reporter since 1995, and has written on a wide range of topics, from war to politics to the arts, both internationally and in the United States. More by Neil MacFarquhar

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