Russian forces also took several other military facilities with almost no bloodshed. Had the US taken such objectives, they would have carpet-bombed the entire area, Shock & Awe style.
It appears that in practice, where the rubber meets the road, Russia is far more concerned about human life than Uncle Sam is. It appears that The Evil Empire is actually the US Government. That does not make me happy, I am not proud of that, but it does seem to be the case judging from real events.