Armed Forces eliminate almost 500 troops, some tanks and UAVs destroyed, says General Staff

26 October 2022, 01:54 PM
The Armed Forces continue to destroy the equipment of the Russian army in Ukraine (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Facebook)

The Armed Forces continue to destroy the equipment of the Russian army in Ukraine (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Facebook)

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost about 68,900 of its soldiers, with 480 being killed in the past day, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff said in its morning update on Oct. 26.

The Russian forces also lost more than 16,000 units of equipment, including:

  • Tanks — 2,628 (+21);
  • Armored combat vehicles — 5,351 (+30);
  • Artillery systems — 1,686 (+12);
  • Multiple launch rocket systems — 379 (+2);
  • Anti-aircraft systems — 192 (+2);
  • Warplanes — 271 (+0);
  • Helicopters — 248 (+0);
  • Operational-tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — 1,379 (+7);
  • Cruise missiles — 350 (+0);
  • Ships/boats — 16 (+0);
  • Automotive equipment and tank trucks — 4,076 (+22);
  • Special equipment — 149 (+0).

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Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. Oct. 26 marks the 246th day of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Invading Russian forces initially 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 its war goals in Ukraine several times. After their 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 to come under Russian control since the start of the full-scale invasion. Invading Russian forces currently occupy parts of Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have launched a counter-offensive in the south and east of Ukraine, striking at Russian ammunition depots and concentrations of troops. The Ukrainian army has managed to liberate almost the entire area of Kharkiv Oblast.

Shortly after the beginning of the Kherson counter-offensive at the end of August, the 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.

After the successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield, Russian proxies in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts staged sham “referendums” on “joining” Russia, and on Sept. 30, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the captured Ukrainian territories. Prior to that, on Sept. 21, partial mobilization was announced in Russia.

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