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Putin’s Got Issues: The Russian Military Can’t Stop Losing in Ukraine

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T-90 Tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

The war in Ukraine has been going on for 219 days, and the Russian military is not doing well.

Lyman and Its Significance in Ukraine War

Russian military bloggers claim that the Ukrainian forces have completed the encirclement of Lyman in eastern Ukraine.

For the past few days, the Ukrainian military has been pushing from two directions on the Lyman salient. From the southeast, Ukrainian forces advanced to the north, while from the northwest, Ukrainian forces advanced to the south. These two axes of advance seemed to have linked up on the east of Lyman, thus trapping the Russian forces in a cauldron. All the while, Ukrainian forces have been attacking Lyman from the west, pinning down the Russian defenses and making their work that much harder.

Should the Russian forces inside the cauldron fail to break out or Russian forces outside fail to break the encirclement and Lyman falls to the Ukrainian forces, any announcements about the annexations of the Ukrainian provinces will be overshadowed, to say the least.

Moreover, Russian morale across the battlefield will plummet. The Russian forces can’t afford another humiliating defeat so close to the loss of the Kharkiv positions. But the Russian forces can’t afford the loss of the materiel and troops too. Despite the partial mobilization of 300,000 troops, the Russian military is severely lacking in advanced weapon systems as most of them have been destroyed in the fierce fighting of the past seven months. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian forces are getting stronger by the day, safe in knowing that the U.S. and NATO are supporting them with weapon systems and other equipment.

The Russian Casualties in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Friday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 59,080 Russian troops (and wounded approximately thrice that number), destroyed 264 fighter, attack, and transport jets, 225 attack and transport helicopters, 2,338 tanks, 1,391 artillery pieces, 4,932 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 333 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 15 boats and cutters, 3,768 vehicles and fuel tanks, 176 anti-aircraft batteries, 1,003 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 131 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 246 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses.

Independence and Annexation 

In an elaborate ceremony on Friday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces to Russia. According to Moscow, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia are now part of Russia after the referenda that they held the previous days.

It is obvious, however, that no one will recognize the annexations.

“The UK will never recognise Russia’s illegal annexations in Ukraine. Russia doesn’t even control some of these oblasts. The truth is Russia is losing in Ukraine and their incompetent Generals are sending thousands to their deaths to please President Putin’s imperialist fantasy,” British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said.


M777 artillery like those being used in Ukraine.

Expert Biography: A 19FortyFive 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. He is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Strategy and Cybersecurity at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 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.

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  1. Rick

    September 30, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    In the beginning everyone thought Ukraine would be overrun, but then something incredible happened that changed the calculus: Zelensky provided the leadership at the right time in a battle of survival and the rest of the country rose to the occasion demonstrating patriotism, honor and duty.

    The next significant event was Russia’s humiliation of being runoff from Kyiv followed up by the debacle in Kharkiv where the finely honed Russian army went weak in the knees and were last seen fleeing for their lives…some even stole civilian clothes and bicycles to sneak off. Being a benevolent army, they decided to donate a huge number of weapons with ammo.

    The latest escapade of the Ukraine armed forces is to have nearly surrounded the orcs in Lyman after having cut the supply lines. Surrender or die are the choices.

    It would seem hundreds of thousands of Russians are not really interested in dying for Putin’s dreams as the borders are being closed. Just because the best and brightest are leaving in droves doesn’t mean Russia will be stuck in an ever tightening spiral to third world status…well actually, it does.

    Then there are those conscripts sent to the front lines with no training, rusty rifles and no support. Ukraine’s western trained and armed troops will slice and dice them in short order.

    If you are a real man and enjoy camping in the winter without a tent, but with an almost certain chance of dying in Ukraine, by all means join up. RIP

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