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Putin Should Be Shocked: 28,700 Russian Troops Have Died in Ukraine

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Javelin anti-tank missile being fired along with a mortar. Image credit: UK government.

On day 89 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military is pushing hard in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to break through the Ukrainian defenses.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, the Russian military is likely preparing to resume offensive operations in southern Ukraine in the Kherson, Mykolaiv, and Zaporizhia directions. However, most of the fighting is taking place around the Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk.

Russian Casualties 

The Russian military continues to suffer unsustainable casualties. With just over 100 battalion tactical groups inside Ukraine, the Russian military is struggling to meet the demands of the expansive battlefield.

The battalion tactical group is a combined-arms task force and the main warfighting unit of the modern Russian ground forces. Comprised of a combination of armor, mechanized infantry, combat engineers, artillery, air defenses, and electronic warfare, the battalion tactical group has between 800 to 1,000 troops (although some battalion tactical groups seem to have gone to war with around 650 men).

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, as of Monday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 28,700 Russian troops (and wounded approximately thrice that number), destroyed 204 fighter, attack, and transport jets, 168 attack and transport helicopters, 1,254 tanks, 596 artillery pieces, 3,090 armored personnel carriers, 200 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 13 boats and cutters, 2,162 vehicles and fuel tanks, 93 anti-aircraft batteries, 460 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 43 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 103 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses.

In its daily estimate of the war, the British Ministry of Defense highlighted the Russian military’s casualty issues.

“In the first three months of its ‘special military operation’, Russia has likely suffered a similar death toll to that experienced by the Soviet Union during its nine year war in Afghanistan. A combination of poor low-level tactics, limited air cover, a lack of flexibility, and a command approach which is prepared to reinforce failure and repeat mistakes has led to this high casualty rate, which continues to rise in the Donbas offensive,” the British Military Intelligence assessed.

The Kremlin and the Russian Ministry of Defense have been denying reports of heavy casualties—they hadn’t even acknowledged a single Russian loss until days into the war—in an attempt to save face with the Russian population but also salvage any morale that remains in the military.

“The Russian public has, in the past, proven sensitive to casualties suffered during wars of choice. As casualties suffered in Ukraine continue to rise they will become more apparent, and public dissatisfaction with the war and a willingness to voice it may grow,” the British Ministry of Defense added.

Russian Drones 

Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are key assets in the modern battlefield. They can carry and deploy weapons with precision—depending on the drone and the military—and they are excellent platforms for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations.

Over the weekend, the British Ministry of Defense dedicated an update on Ukrainian and Russian tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, their use, and casualties in Ukraine.

“The Russia-Ukraine war has seen Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) playing a pivotal role for both sides although they have suffered a high rate of attrition. UAVs have proved vulnerable both to being shot down and to electronic jamming,” the British Military Intelligence stated.

“Russia has attempted to implement the concept of ‘Reconnaissance Strike’ it refined in Syria, which uses reconnaissance UAVs to identify targets to be struck by combat jets or artillery. Russia is likely experiencing a shortage of appropriate reconnaissance UAVs for this task, which is exacerbated by limitations in its domestic manufacturing capacity resulting from sanctions. Crewed Russian aircraft mostly continue to avoid conducting sorties over Ukrainian territory, likely because of the threat from intact Ukrainian air defence missiles systems,” the British Ministry of Defense said.

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Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a M777 towed 155 mm Howitzer on Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2019. The Soldiers conducted a fire mission to disrupt known enemy positions. As long as Daesh presents a threat, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve remains committed to enabling its defeat. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. DeAndre Pierce)

War in Ukraine

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U.S. military joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs), troops who coordinate airstrikes and close air support, consistently praise unmanned aerial systems for their intelligence gathering capabilities, precision, and great loiter time over target.

“If Russia continues to lose UAVs at its current rate, Russian forces intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability will be further degraded, negatively impacting operational effectiveness,” the British Military Intelligence added.

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Andrew M Winter

    May 23, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Howdy.

    You are a couple of days off you your casualty count from Ukraine Min Def. Here is todays,
    https://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2022/05/23/the-total-combat-losses-of-the-enemy-from-24-02-to-23-05/.

    I feel successful in that I finally stumbled onto their English Site. Here are the new numbers:
    The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 23.05 were approximately:

    personnel ‒ about 29200 (+150) persons were liquidated,

    tanks ‒ 1293 (+8),

    APV ‒ 3166 (+25),

    artillery systems – 604 (+5),

    MLRS ‒ 201 (+0),

    Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 93 (+0),

    aircraft – 204 (+0),

    helicopters – 170 (+0),

    UAV operational-tactical level ‒ 476 (+6),

    cruise missiles ‒ 110 (+3),

    warships / boats ‒ 13 (+0),

    vehicles and fuel tanks ‒ 2206 (+12),

    special equipment ‒ 43 (+0).

    Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) at the Bahmut direction.

    So the personnel killed is pushing 30k today.
    Tanks up to 1293. Which isn’t much of a change from a couple days ago. You think maybe Russia isn’t committing its Armor as much? That would finally be a smart move on Russia’s part.

    Ao there you go. Russia is in even worse condition that you had posted.

    • Mr.Brainwashed

      May 24, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      Oh, yes, and these figures are of course true, and definitely not Ukrainian propaganda, because any sane person understands that only Russians can lie, Ukrainians always tell the truth, as well as disinterested and unbiased CNN.

  2. Mr_Whispers

    May 24, 2022 at 2:09 am

    Cannon fodder or the more modern term Missile Meat, is a real thing. There’s a video out of Russian high ranking officers talking about it and laughing at conscripts.. It sucks to be Russian grunts.

  3. Ball

    May 24, 2022 at 3:07 am

    Over 28 thousand Russian troops dead equates in kremlin figures to 24 dead.Thats taking the piss out of a regime of COWARDS WHO TELL THAT MANY BARE FACE LIES THEY CANNOT LIE STRAIGHT IN BED. ONLY A COWrd like Pu,HITLER 2 AKA PUKING PUTIN WOULD ORDER THE IMFORMATION TO BE DALSIFIED ON rUSSIAN DEATHS. THESE ARE THE ACTIONS OF A SCARED DESPERATE PATHETIC LAUGHING STOCK OF A TERRORIST SPONSOR BEING RUSSIA WHO THE WORLD KNOWS IS NUMBER ONE TERRORIST STATE IN THE WORLD AN EVIL RACE NOT ONLY DO THE KILL CIVILIANS AND PRISONERS THEY TRY TO DO IT IN THE MOST GROTESUE PAINFUL WAY THE ACTIONS OF COWARDS.ONE BY ONE THESE PIECES OF RUSSIAN SCUM ON LEGS WHEN FOUND GUILTY OF ATROCITIES SHOULD BE HJNG DRAWN AND QUARTERED THE INCINERATED TO RID ANY TRACE OF THEIR FILTHY DIGUSTING EVIL BODIES FROM EARTH.

    • Vlad

      May 24, 2022 at 3:10 am

      Tear them limb from limb

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