Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi in a Facebook post on Jan. 2 summed up Ukraine’s military results of 2022.
“A year that changed us, our present and future forever,” he said.
“A year that entered world history – in the name of Ukraine and its Armed Forces.”
Zaluzhnyi said the Defense Forces had liberated 40% of the territories occupied after Feb. 24 and 28% of all of the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia.
He noted that after the liberation of the right bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast, the area of liberated territories had reached almost 40,000 square kilometers.
Zaluzhnyi said the active front line is 1,500 kilometers long now, while the defenders of Ukraine are holding back the enemy on lines 3,786 kilometers long.
Zaluzhnyi said that more than 100,000 Russian invaders, 3,000 tanks, 6,000 armored fighting vehicles, 2,000 artillery systems, 420 multiple launch rocket systems, about 300 combat aircraft, and 270 helicopters were destroyed in 2022. The Air Force shot down 1,893 aerial targets alone.
He said the defenders of Ukraine were undergoing training on the territory of 17 European countries, with more than 20,000 military personnel being trained in 2022 with the assistance of partner countries.
In addition, Ukraine’s partners handed over critically needed weapons, ammunition and material resources to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, he said.
“We’re very grateful for the support and assistance, which has already had a significant impact on the course of hostilities,” Zaluzhnyi said.
“At the same time, we need to increase the volume and expand the range of international technical assistance in the future.”
The Ukrainian army commander also mentioned that Ukrainian defenders had ensured the evacuation of more than 600,000 civilians from the areas of hostilities after the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion. Also, military personnel accompanied and distributed a total of more than 2 million tons of humanitarian cargo.
More than 1,000 seriously wounded servicemen were sent for treatment and rehabilitation to the United States, Israel, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Romania, he said.
Zaluzhnyi said that almost 29,000 Ukrainian soldiers had received state awards for courage and heroism while repelling Russian aggression. In particular, 160 military personnel received the title of Hero of Ukraine. Some 44 military units received the awards for courage and bravery, while59 brigades and two separate battalions were awarded combat flags.
Moreover, according to Zaluzhnyi, the Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted mine clearance of 1,346.22 hectares of land, 21.18 hectares of forests, 182.1 kilometers of roads, 165,200 square meters of buildings, 134.66 kilometers of power lines, 39 kilometers of gas pipelines, as well as destroying 41,800 explosive objects.
In addition, Ukrainian army engineers have built four low-water wooden bridges with a total length of 188 meters.
“Every day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fight not only for Ukraine, but also for Europe, which is close to us in spirit – for the preservation of peace, security and freedom in the whole world,” Zaluzhnyi said.