Ukraine War in Data: 74,500 war crimes cases — and counting

In the wake of a warrant issued for Vladimir Putin — a look at the staggering number of cases of alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

Prosecuting even a fraction of these cases will be a daunting task.

While the tens of thousands of alleged perpetrators may not enjoy the protections of the Russian president, there are multiple obstacles to bringing them to justice: the challenge of collecting evidence in active war zones; gaining access to suspects — unless they have been captured by the Ukrainians; and the more bureaucratic challenge of gathering and organizing mountains of evidence, and determining whether cases should be brought by Ukrainian or international courts.

We offer a comprehensive set of data points on the war in Ukraine below. Grid originally published this document on March 24, 2022, the one-month anniversary of the war. We update it every Thursday to provide a fuller picture of the conflict.

Civilians killed: at least 8,300 (probably thousands more)

Ukrainian soldiers killed: at least 13,000

Russian soldiers killed: between 5,937 and 161,000

Russians who have fled their country: at least 500,000

Total displaced Ukrainians: approximately 14 million

Internally displaced Ukrainians: estimated 5.4 million

An overview of the violence

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Learn more: Grid’s 360s on the Ukraine War

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