Russia loses at least 125 pieces of heavy equipment in Kharkiv retreat, analysts say

12 September, 05:26 PM
A Ukrainian military man stands on a Russian howitzer in the Kharkiv region (Photo:Press service of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS)

A Ukrainian military man stands on a Russian howitzer in the Kharkiv region (Photo:Press service of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/Handout via REUTERS)

During its haphazard retreat from Kharkiv Oblast, the Russian army has lost at least 125 tanks, armored personnel carriers (APC), and infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), Conflict Intelligence Team analysts said in a report published on Sept. 11.

The report gives the following breakdown of Russian armor losses:

  • 40 tanks;
  • 35 APCs;
  • 11 command vehicles;
  • Four maintenance vehicles;
  • Nine anti-air defense systems;
  • 50 IFVs;
  • 47 trucks and other vehicles;
  • Two jet fighters – a Su-34 and a Su-25.

There are some additional, yet unverified reported losses in Izyum – three self-propelled howitzers, a couple tanks, and another APC.

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CIT assessed that some of the equipment was simply abandoned, as the chaotic, hasty retreat did not allow for proper extraction.

In a rapid and effective counteroffensive, Ukraine has liberated almost the entirety of Kharkiv Oblast, achieving a major operational victory over Moscow and likely turning the tide of war, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its Sept. 11 report.

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