Over 700 Russian troops, dozens of drones destroyed on New Year’s Day

2 January, 12:25 PM
Russia has already lost more than 107 thousand of its soldiers killed in the war in Ukraine (Photo:General Staff)

Russia has already lost more than 107 thousand of its soldiers killed in the war in Ukraine (Photo:General Staff)

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, the aggressor has lost about 107,440 of its troops, including 720 in the past day alone, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff said in its morning update posted on Facebook on Jan. 2.

The Russian army suffered the greatest losses on the Lyman, Avdiyivka, and Bakhmut sections of the front over the last 24 hours, the General Staff said.

The invading troops have also lost a total of over 19,500 units of equipment, including (losses over past day in parentheses):

  • Tanks - 3,031 (+0)
  • Armored combat vehicles – 6,093 (+9)
  • Artillery systems – 2,027 (+6)
  • Multiple launch rocket systems – 423 (+0)
  • Air defense systems – 213 (+0)
  • Warplanes – 283 (+0)
  • Helicopters – 269 (+0)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles of operational and tactical level – 1,836 (+44)
  • Cruise missiles – 723 (+0)
  • Warships / military vessels – 16 (+0)
  • Motor vehicles and fuel tankers – 4,725 (+5)
  • Special equipment – 181 (+0)

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Russia attacked Ukraine on Feb. 24. Jan. 2 marks the 313th 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. Since October, Russia has also been attacking Ukrainian cities with Iranian-made kamikaze drones.

During this time, the Kremlin has changed its 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.

Invading Russian forces currently occupy parts of Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, as well as Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a counter-offensive in the south and east of Ukraine, striking at Russian ammunition depots and manpower clusters, and managed to liberate almost the entire Kharkiv Oblast. On Nov. 11, the Ukrainian military also liberated Kherson and drove the occupiers from the west bank of Kherson Oblast. Ukrainian Armed Forces are also gradually liberating Luhansk Oblast.

After the escape of Russian troops from Kherson, the most difficult situation remains in the Donbas.

Since October, Russian troops have also started attacking critical infrastructure facilities across Ukraine, depriving residents of electricity, water and heating.

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