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Russia’s Military Losses in Ukraine Are Beyond Shocking

Russian Military TOS-1
Russian TOS-1 firing. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Ukraine War Update: Russia’s Military Keeps Losing, and Moscow Is Now a Terror State – On day 273 of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the European Union.

Russian Casualties in Ukraine: The Update 

Overall, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Wednesday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 85,410 Russian troops (and wounded approximately thrice that number), destroyed 278 fighter, attack, bomber and transport jets, 261 attack and transport helicopters, 2,897 tanks, 1,887 artillery pieces, 5,832 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 395 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 16 boats and cutters, 4,396 vehicles and fuel tanks, 209 anti-aircraft batteries, 1,537 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 161 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 480 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses.

State Sponsor of Terrorism 

In a watershed moment in the war in Ukraine, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that designates Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Out of the 596 members of the European Parliament, 494 voted in favor of the resolution, 58 against, and 44 absented.

The vote comes after another day of Russian missile strikes all across Ukrainian urban centers and critical infrastructure. Moscow is targeting the Ukrainian energy grid in particular in an attempt to make the life of Ukrainians harder, with winter just around the corner. However, such actions will only likely increase the Ukrainian resolve to fight rather than deter them.

U.S. President Joe Biden has suggested in the past designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism but has thus far not taken any action. Should the administration decides to follow the European Union’s example, Russia would be joining a rather unglamorous list of countries that is comprised of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

The Immediate Future of the War in Ukraine

The harsh Ukrainian winter is just around the corner, and with it, combat operations are going to ease up as both sides will have a much more difficult job supplying and supporting their forces all along the contact line.

Some have suggested, including senior U.S. officials, that this is an opportune time for Kyiv to take Moscow to the negotiating table and start a conversation about what an acceptable end to the conflict would look like. But Kyiv is committed to taking the war to the end and liberating all of the Ukrainian territory held by the Russians, including Crimea.

However, the U.S. military is not so certain that the Ukrainians can push the Russian forces out of Ukraine anytime soon. To even start accomplishing that goal, the Ukrainian military has to successfully ford the Dnipro River in the south in Kherson province, and create viable bridgeheads in the eastern bank.

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“The probability of a Ukrainian military victory defined as kicking the Russians out of all of Ukraine to include what they define or what the claim is Crimea, the probability of that happening anytime soon is not high, militarily,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said last week during a rare press conference alongside Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

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. 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.



  1. Simon Beerstecher

    November 24, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Stavros have you read the article in the Economist about the stitch up of Ukraine between Biden and Zi?I believe that it will not be the lack of Ukrainean willingness to take back what is theirs but rather the restrictions the USA imposes on Ukrainean arms.The US is esentially cruel, only giving out a drip feed of weapons as a reaction to Russian agression without being preemptive,the late delivery of NASAMS is a example of American foot dragging.It is time America stopped pretending that Russia can be diplomatically sqeezed out of its main goal, to take all of the East of Ukraine,and really supply Ukraine rapidly.Tanks,F16,Patriot and more Himars ATACAMS to get the job done of kicking Russia out ASAP.Once they are out, Ukraine needs to establish a long term strategy, much like Poland is doing, to make any future attack so expensive that they will leave them alone.Between Polands rebuilt army and a new Ukraine with modern weapons Russia will lack the resolve to reinvade Poland and Ukraine will be the front line of European Security and should be supported financially by Europe to take up that role.Both countries seem to be more willing to defend democracy than Germany which sadly is morally and ethically corrupt.

  2. Friend

    November 24, 2022 at 10:10 am

    The 5 out 6 support for Ukraine in the EP is touching, but not genuine. It barely makes any difference. It only translates as the five out of the six countries telling the other five that they are welcome to provide guns and assistance to Ukraine, but doing nothing themselves. A kind of -be my guest, oh valiant one- gesture.
    The amount of aid provided is laughable – about a cent per 200 euro. It’s less than what you’ll find in your pants
    France couldn’t care less. In fact they profit from disunited EU.
    The UK does, but it also has little practical interest
    Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary and Austria are on Russia’s side because they are future failed states without russia. A shit show to watch.
    So it’s down to just some slavics and some sympathizing scandinavians, plus what the U.S. decides is their national interest.

  3. Brevet Private Billy Masterson

    November 24, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    The numbers given for Russian losses are not supported by any reliable (disinterested) sources. The numbers given are someplace between 500% to over 1,000% too high, depending on category…

    Who’s back side did author pull the statistics out of?

  4. Fred Adams

    November 24, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    The author got the statistics from the Ukraine. Interpret cautiously. I remember week after week, month after month watching Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather report Charlie wounded as 10 times KIAs. I didn’t believe Uncle Walter, and am skeptical of Ukraine’s numbers. But something turned the Russians back from the right bank Ukraine.

    The reliance on Gen. Miley is ridiculous. He is not an experienced warrior, but a leftist politician. Can’t be trusted and can’t be believed.

    The Ukraine needs Western help to win this war and eject the Russians from the left bank. We can recollect Munich, and we can also recollect that the Free world’s readiness for war at that time was very low. We should also recollect that the Vietnam war was lost due to fifth column activities in the US.

    Russia will eventually kill every last dissenting Ukrainian, or try to. Ultimately, the West will be forced to step in, return Ukrainian land to the Ukraine, and closely police Russia’s ridiculous fantasy that it is an entitled world power. Force is the only solution to aggression and terrorism. I’m not optimistic about Western will.

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