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Putin’s Crisis: Russia Is Losing an Insane 500 Troops a Day in Ukraine

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Russian Military Soldiers. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

The war in Ukraine is about to enter its tenth month, but the situation on the ground is even more complicated than when the war started on February 24.

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On the 303rd day of the conflict, most of the fighting occurs in the Donbas in the towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka. 

The Russian Casualties in Ukraine: Update 

The Russian military is suffering heavy casualties on the ground. Most of the Russian fatalities are taking place around the towns of Bakhmut and Avdiivka in the Donbas. Moscow has been trying to capture both since the summer but has failed to achieve anything more than advancing a few miles and capturing some small settlements on the outskirts of the cities.

But the cost for these “successes” has been truly horrific.

The Russian forces are losing an average of 500 men killed every day, with many more wounded. Moscow is drawing from its recently mobilized reservists and Wagner Group mercenaries to support the offensive operations in the area. For the Russian leadership, these are cheap, expendable troops, especially Wagner Group’s former convicts.

Overall, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Friday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 100,950 Russian troops (and wounded approximately twice to thrice that number), destroyed 283 fighter, attack, bomber, and transport jets, 267 attack and transport helicopters, 3,005 tanks, 1,984 artillery pieces, 5,986 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 414 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 16 boats and cutters, 4,622 vehicles and fuel tanks, 211 anti-aircraft batteries, 1,698 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 178 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 653 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses. 

How the MIM-104 Patriot Works 

In the latest package of military aid to Ukraine worth $1.85 billion, the U.S. included a battery of MIM-104 Patriot air defense system. 

The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile defense system capable of engaging enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, and ballistic and cruise missiles up to 100 miles away. Each missile packs a 200lb high-fragmentation explosive warhead and can engage targets flying up to 79,000 feet. 

The MIM-104 Patriot is comprised of three components: the radar, the command and control post, and the actual missile battery. 

The radar detects and tracks the incoming target and directs the missile toward it. The command and control post is where the crew of the battery manages the engagement. And the battery is from where the missiles launch.

To increase the survivability of the crew and the weapon system, the three components of the weapon system can be dispersed, but they still have to remain within a certain distance. 

The Ukrainians will most likely position the MIM-104 Patriot battery around key cities or critical infrastructure in order to prevent their further destruction by incoming Russian drones and ballistic and cruise missiles. But if Kyiv decided to move the potent air defense system closer to the frontlines, the Russian aircraft would be even more restricted than they are now.

But the Ukrainians have to be weary of Russian artillery too if they choose to place the battery closer to the front. 

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. Neofeudalfuture

    December 23, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Well if you can’t trust official announcements from a ministry of defense who can you trust? Lol.

  2. Rick

    December 23, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    The only good orc s a dead orc. Funny putin only claims 5500 dead. I guess he doesn’t count those left face down in the dirt.

  3. Walker

    December 24, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Russia has lost almost twice as many soldiers in less than a year than the US lost in over 8 years in Vietnam.

    Russia has already lost. It happened so fast they still don’t know it. Like a chicken with its head chopped off. There is no cohesive military left. They don’t realize this because we never saw a cohesive military to begin with. But if they tried to redo it all over again and not make the same mistakes they physically couldn’t because they don’t have anything to work with.

    It’s both pitiful and reassuring at the same time. Unfortunately the Russian military can still inflict a lot of misery in Ukraine. That is all they can do, so that is why they do it.

    Russia is pure evil. Those who support it have blood of innocent people on their hands.

  4. Al Pelota

    December 24, 2022 at 10:15 am

    It astounds me how people can fabricate and construct out of thin air a version of events that makes them feel good about themselves, regardless of reality, just blurting out pure hopeful thinking delusions for a dopamine hit and a few likes… Every word of this “article” is pure fantasy…

  5. Tallifer

    December 24, 2022 at 10:32 am

    @Al Pelota
    Thus far the defense of Kiev has proved mainstream journalists and analysts correct; thus far the thunder run through the Kharkiv Oblast has proved mainstream journalists and analysts correct; and thus far the liberation of Kherson and the unbreakable defense of Bahamut has proved mainstream journalists and analysts correct: soon the liberation of Kremina and Svatove shall prove the same and refute all pro-Russian pro-genocidaire propaganda.

  6. timothy

    December 24, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    500 avg death / day X 303 days = 151,500 deaths

    so as of 0ct 2022 america has given 52.3 billion to ukraine, 93.8 billion if you count all 40 contributing countries. thats $619,142 per head.

    just another great world investment. personally i dont believe the head count.

  7. Al Pelota

    December 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    @Tallifer – you are delusional… There are new cemeteries with graves of Ukranian soldiers stretching for miles around literally every Ukrainian city. I have seen them with my own eyes – Ukraine lost at least 200K-250K soldiers in this war. In Poland every week there is a funeral for Polish soldiers who dies in Ukraine. So please spare me yours and Stavros CIA created fantasies about Ukraine winning… This is a tragedy that could have easily been avoided if our leaders cared about Ukrainian and American people…

  8. dave

    December 25, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Ukrainian army has 200,000. What happened to the 600,000? The military aide is for ukrainian, and american money laundering.

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