350 Russian soldiers die in one day; A total of 53,600 dead since the beginning of the war

Russia lost 350 soldiers and a number of armored vehicles and planes in one day as the country’s casualties in the invasion of Ukraine exceed 53,000, according to the Ukrainian military.

Combat casualties among Russian personnel between the start of the war on February 24 and Wednesday amounted to 53,650, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its latest casualty report.

Russian losses included 2,180 tanks, 4,665 armored fighting vehicles (AFV), 246 aircraft, 215 helicopters and 1,290 artillery systems, among others.

In an earlier report on Russian casualties between the start of the war and Tuesday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Russia lost 53,300 troops, 2,175 tanks, 4,662 AFVs, 244 aircraft, 213 helicopters and 1,279 artillery systems.

According to the Ukrainian military, most of Russia’s recent losses towards Kharkiv and Donetsk have been sustained in Ukraine.

The Russian Defense Ministry last released the country’s official death toll in March, claiming at the time there were 1,351 fatalities.

The independent Russian media outlet Mediazona reported that as of Friday it had confirmed 6,219 Russian military casualties in the conflict.

US Undersecretary for Defense Policy Colin Kahl said last month that Russia may have already suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties in the war.

In addition to the heavy casualties, “Russian forces continue to suffer from morale and discipline problems in Ukraine,” the UK Ministry of Defense said earlier this month.

“The Russian military has consistently failed to provide basic entitlements to troops stationed in Ukraine, including adequate uniforms, weapons and rations, and pay. This has almost certainly contributed to the persistently low morale of much of the force,” the ministry said in a statement expression.

According to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite mounting casualties in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, mass military mobilization is not currently on Russia’s agenda.

Russia has launched a recruitment campaign to try to make up for its losses in Ukraine. But the Russian military has been forced to recruit soldiers in homeless shelters and is seriously considering recruiting convicted criminals over “serious staff shortages,” according to a US official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Russia is also recruiting residents from the Far Eastern region of the country who are “not used to comfort and easily tolerate the lack of established living conditions,” said the Main Directorate for Intelligence of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. International Business Times has not been able to independently verify this information.

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