Losses of invading Russian troops now exceed 55,000, Ukraine says

21 September, 04:02 PM
Enemy suffered greatest casualties over day on Donetsk section of front (Photo:mil.gov.ua/Facebook)

Enemy suffered greatest casualties over day on Donetsk section of front (Photo:mil.gov.ua/Facebook)

Since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost about 55,110 of its military personnel, and 300 in the past day alone, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff reported on Sept. 21.

The enemy suffered the greatest casualties over the day on the Donetsk section of the front line.

The invaders also lost more than 14,000 vehicles, among them (loss over previous day in parentheses):

  •      Tanks – 2,227 (+11)
  •      Armored fighting vehicles – 4,748 (+24)
  •      Artillery systems – 1,340 (+17)
  •      Multiple Launch Rocket Systems – 318 (+0)
  •      Air defense systems – 168 (+0)
  •      Warplanes – 253 (+1)
  •      Helicopters – 217 (+0)
  •      Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – 932 (+7)
  •      Cruise missiles – 239 (+0)
  •      Warships/war boats – 15 (+0)
  •      Vehicles and fuel tankers – 3,610 (+23)
  •      Special vehicles – 125 (+0).

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Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. Russian invasion forces initially tried to advance from the north, east, and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine using artillery and airstrikes.

Russian missile strikes throughout the country continue even now, as the invaders attack civilian objects.

Since launching its invasion, the Kremlin has changed its war goals in Ukraine several times.

After the failed operation to seize Kyiv, its troops had to retreat from the territories of Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. Russian troops then concentrated on fighting for those territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that were under the control of Ukraine before the full-scale invasion.

The city of Kherson is the only regional center that Russia has captured in the full-scale invasion and is now under the control of the Russian invaders. Parts of the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Kharkiv oblasts were also captured.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are launching a counter-offensive in the south of Ukraine and on other parts of the front line, striking at Russian ammunition depots and troop concentrations. More than 8,000 square kilometers of territory has been liberated recently in Kharkiv Oblast alone.

Following the success of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield, the invaders in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhyia oblasts announced the dates for holding pseudo-referendums on “joining” Russia.

On Sept. 21, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia.

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