Putin's War, what is it good for? Human cost

Telegram channel General SVR alleged that the overall Russian army toll in the Ukraine conflict is now 37,592.

Add to this were the alleged losses of 9,457 fighters from private military companies backing the Russian war effort, said the channel.

Additionally, the Russian national guard - which reports directly to Putin - has suffered 1,788 losses, it claimed.

The channel said that these figures had been reported directly to Putin, but provided no evidence of this. It was not possible to verify this claim.

If correct, it would mean overall military losses of 48,837. It contrasts with other figures which suggest Putin has lost in excess of 30,000 troops.