Ukraine has counterattacked with claims that it has captured at least 117 Russian tanks, while there have also been reports that it has destroyed 500 tanks
Ukraine’s counterattacks have faltered Russia’s invasion, with at least 117 tanks from Vladimir Putin’s forces captured and more than 500 reportedly could have been destroyed.
With unconfirmed figures saying Ukraine lost 74 tanks, their gains mean they would now have more tanks than when the invasion began.
Russia’s advance has noticeably lost momentum in recent days, as troops have been unable to advance in many areas or overthrow key cities, while Ukrainian soldiers have simultaneously retaken territory.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine put Russia’s tank losses at 561 in a Facebook post on Friday.
It also said 115 of Russia’s warplanes have been destroyed so far in the conflict, which is now entering its fifth week.
Ukrainians have been fighting for every inch of ground, and this has led to Russian troops resorting to shelling cities, causing large numbers of casualties.
Forbes aerospace and defense expert David Axe reported this to expresssaid: “The main battle tank of the Ukrainian army, the T-64, is no longer actively used in the Russian army. But the Ukrainians also operate at least two models that the Russians still use, the T-72 and the T-80.
“The T-80 is actually an evolution of the T-64, itself one of the most advanced tanks Soviet industry has ever produced.
“By contrast, the T-72 is a simpler, cheaper tank – one that lends itself to mass production and simple field support. It is not for nothing that Ukraine generally assigns its T-72s to reserve formations.”
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Mr Ax added: “In any case, there aren’t many captured Russian tanks that Ukraine can’t use in some way.
“The question is how quickly the Kyiv Army can take inventory of a vehicle seized from its troops or civilians, repair any damage, refuel it, replenish its ammunition, and assign it to a properly trained crew.”
Moscow signaled on Friday it would scale back its ambitions in Ukraine to focus on areas claimed by Russian-backed separatists in the east, as Ukrainian forces went on the offensive to retake towns outside the capital Kyiv.
In an announcement that seemed to hint at more limited targets, Russia’s Defense Ministry said a first phase of its operation has mostly been completed and will now focus on the eastern Donbass region, home to pro-Russian separatist enclaves.
“The combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been significantly reduced, which allows us to focus our core efforts on achieving the main goal – liberation of Donbass,” said Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Russian General Staff Operational Directorate.
Restating Russia’s targets could make it easier for Putin to claim a face-saving victory, military analysts have said.
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