The Russia Committee of Mothers of Soldiers might compel President Putin to continue his military effort.
Clara Ferreira Marques cautioned that Vladimir Putin might soon meet an opponent in Ukraine that he cannot beat. The Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers had already vented its rage at the Kremlin during the Chechen War of the 1990s and the loss of the nuclear-powered submarine Kursk with all crew aboard. About 31,360 troops were killed in the Ukraine war, and 1,390 tanks, 3,416 armored battle vehicles, and 212 aircraft were destroyed. In April, Ukrainian anti-ship missiles destroyed the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the Moskva, among the 13 ships and boats lost by Russia. Moscow classifies military fatalities as “state secrets” even during peace and has not updated its official fatality numbers since March 25.