500 Russian troops eliminated in one day, says General Staff
Military equipment of the Russian army was destroyed in Ukraine (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Facebook)
Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost about 59,080 of its troops, including 500 over the past day, according to an update by Ukraine’s General Staff on Facebook on Sept. 30.
Russian forces suffered their greatest losses over the past day on the Donetsk and Kramatorsk axes in eastern Ukraine.
The invading troops have also lost a total of almost 15,000 units of equipment, among them (loss over past day in parentheses):
- Tanks - 2,338 (+13)
- Armored combat vehicles - 4,932 (+23)
- Artillery systems - 1391 (+6)
- Multiple Launch Rocket Systems - 333 (+2)
- Air defense systems - 176 (+1)
- Warplanes - 264 (+2)
- Helicopters - 225 (+1)
- UAVs of operational and tactical level - 1,003 (+8)
- Cruise missiles - 246 (+0)
- Warships / military boats - 15 (+0)
- Motor vehicles and fuel tankers - 3,768 (+17)
- Specialized vehicles - 131 (+0).
Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. Sept. 30 marks the 219th day of full-scale war. Invading Russian forces tried to advance from the north, east and south, attacking peaceful cities throughout Ukraine. Civilian targets across Ukrainian cities remain under sporadic Russian air strikes, while settlements along the Russian border are regularly shelled.
During this time, the Kremlin has changed the war goals in Ukraine several times. After the failed operation to seize Kyiv, Russian troops retreated from Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy oblasts to concentrate on fighting for the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that were under Ukrainian control before the full-scale invasion.
Kherson is the only provincial capital under Russian control. Invading Russian forces currently occupy parts of Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces has launched a counter-offensive in the south and east of Ukraine, striking at Russian ammunition depots and manpower clusters.
Shortly after the beginning of the Kherson counter-offensive, Ukrainian army launched another counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast in the north-east of the country. Most of the oblast was liberated from Russian occupation in just a few days.
The Ukrainian military has already liberated more than 8,000 square kilometers of territory.
The Kremlin decided to hold a fake “referendum” following the military successes of the Ukrainian army, in the hope of illegally “annexing” at least those territories that still remain under the control of invading Russian forces. On Sept. 21, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization in Russia.
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