Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said the Soviet Union had lost 26.600 people, including 8.668 million servicemen during World War II.
Speaking at a meeting with WWII veterans on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of VE Day on Saturday, Ivanov said, “The losses among servicemen include such category as sanitary losses – wounded, diseased and frostbitten.”
During the war, 15.205.592 million people were wounded, 3.47.675 million people were fallen ill and 90.881 people were frostbitten.
The minister said a total of 5.597 million people went missing during the war. A total of 4.559 million people fell prisoners. “This is the Soviet Union’s price that was sacrificed on the Altar of Victory,” Ivanov stressed.