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Putin Is Angry: The Mighty Russian Military Is Dying in Ukraine

T-72 tank firing. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

The war in Ukraine continues to take a large toll on the Russian military.

In the past week alone, the Russian forces have lost close to 5,000 men in what has been the deadliest week of the war in Ukraine. 

On the 353rd day of the war, the two sides are looking for a breakthrough, with the heaviest fighting taking place in the Donbas around Bakhmut and Vuhledar. 

Russian Casualties in Ukraine

Saturday was the deadliest day in the war so far for Russian troops in Ukraine.

According to official Ukrainian estimates, the Russian forces lost 1,140 killed or wounded in the past 24 hours.

To be sure, the Ukrainian estimates could be off, but the overall numbers that the Ukrainians are claiming are corroborated to a large degree by U.S. and Western intelligence estimates. 

The heavy casualties that the Russian military is taking are bound to catch up sooner or later.

The Kremlin has created a reserve force of around 150,000 troops. The Russian Ministry of Defense has been maintaining that force as a strategic reserve.

Since October, it has been training and equipping that force for future large-scale offensive operations.

But the casualties the Russian units have been taking on the ground might force the Kremlin to hijack its plan and deploy some of these troops to plug gaps on the frontlines. 

Overall, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Saturday, Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 136,880 Russian troops (and wounded approximately twice to thrice that number),

Destroyed equipment inclides 295 fighter, attack, bomber, and transport jets, 286 attack and transport helicopters, 3,267 tanks, 2,270 artillery pieces, 6,474 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 463 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 18 boats and cutters, 5,134 vehicles and fuel tanks, 234 anti-aircraft batteries, 1,997 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 214 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 857 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses. 

The Fighting for Bakhmut and Vuhledar 

The foothold of the Russian forces in the northern part of Bakhmut is becoming increasingly stronger.

After capturing the small salt mining of Soledar in the north of the Bakhmut, the Russian forces have advanced a few kilometers to the north of the town.

The infamous private military company Wagner Group has pushed between 1-2 miles to the west of the northern outskirts of Bakhmut.

It controls the countryside close the highway M-03, which is one of the main supply routes leading into the town. 

There is also heavy fighting in the south of the Donbas, especially around the town of Vuhledar. The Russian forces have been trying to capture the town for several months now, but have repeatedly failed, suffering heavy casualties in the process. 

“Russian units have likely suffered particularly heavy casualties around Vuhledar as inexperienced units have been committed. Russian troops likely fled and abandoned at least 30 mostly intact armoured vehicles in a single incident after a failed assault,” the British Military Intelligence assessed in its latest estimate of the war in Ukraine.

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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.