About 28,000 Russian invaders have been killed since the beginning of the Russian full-scale war against Ukraine, Ukraine's General Staff said in a Facebook post on May 17.
The total combat losses of the enemy from Feb. 24 to May 17 are the following:
personnel – about 27,900;
tanks ‒ 1,235;
APV (Armoured Patrol Vehicle) – 3,009;
artillery systems – 578;
MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) – 198;
anti-aircraft warfare systems – 90;
aircraft – 201;
helicopters – 167;
UAV operational-tactical level – 436;
cruise missiles – 97;
warships / boats – 13;
vehicles and fuel tanks – 2,109;
special equipment – 43.
May 17 is the 83rd of the full-scale Russian invasion on Ukraine. The invading army initially attempted to advance from the north, east and south, using artillery and aircraft to shell peaceful cities all over Ukraine.
Since the first days of the ongoing war, the worst Russian army atrocities were committed in Bucha and Mariupol, while the situation has also been tragic in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and in the Russian-occupied city of Kherson. For more than a month Russia also shelled the capital Kyiv, having destroyed a number of residential areas on the outskirts of Ukrainian capital city – Irpin, Borodyanka, Makariv, and Bucha.
So far, the Russian army has trying to get full control over Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, parts of which it has controlled since the war began in 2014.
Besides that, the Russian army has managed to establish control over parts of Zaporizhzhya, Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts. In some areas the Ukrainian army is conducting counter-offensive operations, with the most successful ongoing one close to the city Izyum in the south-east of Kharkiv Oblast.
On April 22, the Russian Federation declared beginning of the "second stage" of its invasion of Ukraine, which it said would be focused on gaining full control over the Donbas area and southern Ukraine.