Nearly 98,000 Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine thus far

17 December 2022, 01:17 PM
The occupiers lost 420 personnel during the day (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Facebook)

The occupiers lost 420 personnel during the day (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Facebook)

Ukrainian forces eliminated 420 Russian invaders over the past day, bringing Russia’s total manpower losses in Ukraine to 97,690, Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Facebook on Dec. 17.

Meanwhile, materiel losses amount to over 19,000 units. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Tanks – 2,985 (+5);
  • Armored combat vehicles – 5,958 (+6);
  • Artillery systems – 1,947 (+1);
  • Multiple launch rocket systems – 410 (+0);
  • Air defense systems – 211 (+0);
  • Warplanes – 281 (+0);
  • Helicopters – 264 (+0);
  • UAVs – 1,648 (+0);
  • Cruise missiles –653 (+61);
  • Warships / boats – 16 (+0);
  • Motor vehicles and fuel tankers – 4,577 (+14);
  • Special equipment – 174 (+2).

Video of day

Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Dec. 17 is the 297th day of the full-scale war. Invading Russian forces initially tried to advance from the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine using artillery and bombing them from the air. Russia continues to attack civilian objects in Ukraine with cruise missiles. It also has launched Iranian-made suicide attack drones against Ukrainian cities, starting in October.

During this time, the Kremlin has changed the goals of its war in Ukraine several times.

Invading Russian forces currently occupy parts of Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, Mykolayiv, and Kharkiv oblasts.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces launched counter-offensives in the south and east of Ukraine, striking at Russian ammunition depots and troop concentrations. The AFU liberated most of Kharkiv Oblast in September.

On Nov. 11, the Ukrainian troops entered Kherson, and knocked out the Russian occupying forces from the right (western) bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast. Slowly but steadily, the AFU is moving forward in Luhansk Oblast.

After the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Kherson, the most tense situation remains in Donetsk Oblast.

Starting from October, Russia has repeatedly attacked critical infrastructure across Ukraine, causing massive damage to the Ukrainian power grid in particular.

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