Ukraine claims Russia lost 810 troops in a day. Photo/Illustration
KIEV – Ukraine claims Russian forces have lost 810 troops, 12 tanks and 24 artillery systems in one day, although the high rate of Russian losses shows no signs of slowing.
“Moscow has now lost a total of 295,510 troops in the 20 months since the Kremlin launched its invasion of Ukraine,” the Ukrainian military said in an update on Tuesday (24/10/2023) as quoted by Newsweek.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia has also lost a total of 5,105 tanks and 7,081 artillery systems.
Throughout the war effort, the number of personnel and equipment lost in Russia is estimated to be quite large, and Western analysts generally agree with the number of casualties in Ukraine. However, Kiev also suffered a severe blow to its stockpile of military equipment, and lost many soldiers in a grueling war.
The Russian ministry on Monday claimed Ukraine had lost 12,882 tanks and armored fighting vehicles since February last year.
“Ukrainian troops also lost 6,853 field artillery pieces and mortars,” Moscow added.
Newsweek could not independently verify the tally, and has reached out to Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment by email. Both Moscow and Kiev have been tight-lipped about their losses, rarely mentioning the number of casualties or how much equipment was destroyed.
“It is very difficult to determine casualties in an ongoing conflict because both sides will try to keep data secret and inflate the number of casualties on the other side,” Marina Miron, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, told Newsweek in May.
But the recent attack on the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk is believed to have cost Russia dearly. The city, which has been on the front line between Kiev and Russian-backed forces for nine years, earlier this month was the target of Russia’s first attack on Ukrainian positions since Kiev launched a counteroffensive in early June.