Since the beginning of the war, Russia has lost almost 1,000 tanks
AMSTERDAM ($1=1.00 Euro) — This Wednesday marks six months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. Fighting continues in force, so it is not yet easy to know the exact balance of human casualties and material losses that the war has already caused.
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In any case, various sources try to unravel these figures with the evidence already available. Images collected from the battlefield, for example, show that Russia has already lost at least 5,300 vehicles, including 970 main battle tanks. It is more difficult to know figures for casualties in the military. Almost a month ago, Washington said Moscow had already lost [between killed and wounded] 75,000 troops in the invasion, in which it had initially deployed 150,000 troops.
The figures, gathered by the New York Times from political sources, were immediately denied by Moscow, which has not updated its own tally in five months [on March 25, it acknowledged 1,351 deaths in the operation].
Independent Russian media cited by La Vanguardia claim to have confirmed the death of more than 4,500 soldiers in the country, while Ukraine said earlier this month that its enemy had already surpassed 40,000 killed in the campaign. In this same balance sheet, the Kyiv authorities put the number of Russian tanks lost in the fighting at almost 1,770.
Photographic and video evidence collected by the portal specialized in Dutch military intelligence Oryx shows the loss of at least 970 tanks in those six months. These include 524 T-74s [in various variants], 184 T-80s, 22 T-90s, one T-62, 39 T-64s and 199 tanks of unidentified models.
Of the total of 970 tanks lost by Russia, 594 were destroyed, another 38 were damaged, 51 were abandoned and 287 were captured by Ukrainian forces.
In addition, according to the images received, Moscow has also lost 501 armored fighting vehicles since the end of February in Ukraine; 1,060 infantry fighting vehicles; 142 armored personnel carriers; 30 Mine and Ambush Resistant Vehicles [MRAP]; 144 infantry mobility vehicles, including 23 Iveco LMVs similar to the Spanish Lince; 161 self-propelled artillery installations; 1,437 jeeps and trucks; 52 aircraft [including 20 Su-25, 7 Su-24 and 10 Su-30], 50 helicopters and 11 boats, among other items.
A hundred Ukrainians are killed every day
For its part, Ukraine admitted last June that it was losing about a hundred soldiers at the front every day, which, if the balance had been maintained all this time, would mean a cumulative loss of about 18,000 soldiers so far.
As for material losses incurred, images collected by Oryx show that Kyiv has lost 240 battle tanks so far [104 captured and 124 destroyed, among them]; 131 combat armored vehicles; 120 infantry fighting vehicles; 96 armored personnel carriers; 132 infantry mobility vehicles; 53 self-propelled artillery guns; 42 aircraft [including 11 MiG 29, 11 Su-24 and 9 Su-25]; 13 helicopters; 19 boats and 342 off-road vehicles and trucks.
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