Ukrainian army eliminated 440 Russian soldiers in one day; 22 armored vehicles, 14 tanks destroyed

According to the Ukrainian military, Russia lost 440 soldiers, 14 tanks and 22 armored fighting vehicles (AFV) in a single day over the weekend.

A total of 62,500 Russian military personnel were lost in combat between the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and Sunday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in its latest casualty report.

In addition, in the same period, Russia also lost 2,486 tanks and 5,133 AFVs, among other pieces of military equipment.

The Ukrainian Army’s earlier report, released on Saturday, said Russia had lost 62,060 troops, 2,472 tanks and 5,111 AFVs by that point.

Russia’s latest official death toll in the invasion of Ukraine, announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on September 21, claims its forces have suffered 5,937 fatalities among its soldiers.

However, the independent Russian media outlet Mediazona reported that as of September 25 it was able to confirm through open sources at least 6,756 Russian military casualties in the conflict.

“This figure does not reflect the true extent of the casualties, we only see public reports of deaths,” the outlet said.

US Undersecretary for Defense Policy Colin Kahl estimated in August that Russia may already have lost as many as 80,000 men.

By contrast, about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed by early June, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, announced this month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in late September the mobilization of troops, the first such initiative in Russia since World War II.

Shoigu claimed at the time that up to 300,000 reservists were to be called in with the mobilization. But Russian authorities could end up drafting up to 1.2 million people, Meduza previously reported, citing an unnamed source close to one of Russia’s federal ministries.

Since Putin’s announcement, more than 200,000 people have been drafted into the Russian army, Shoigu said on Tuesday.

Despite its efforts to increase troop levels, Russia is unlikely to gain significant military power this year from mobilization alone, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

“Putin needs to address fundamental deficiencies in Russian military personnel and equipment systems if the mobilization is to have any significant impact in the longer term,” the US-based think tank said on its website.

“His actions to date suggest that he is far more concerned with getting corpses onto the battlefield than with addressing these fundamental deficiencies,” the ISW claimed.

Russian forces left heavy weaponry and supply depots in a disorganized retreat as Ukraine made its recent incursions into occupied territory.

As a result of Ukraine’s gains, Russia has become Ukraine’s largest supplier of heavy weapons, according to open-source intelligence analysts.

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