Since the beginning of the full-scale aggression against Ukraine, the Russian Federation has suffered serious losses in both equipment and manpower. The occupying troops are trying to advance, but they are facing fierce resistance from Ukraine’s defence forces. The Russians have lost more tanks than the armies of Saudi Arabia, Japan or Taiwan have.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the total combat losses of the aggressor between 24 February and 15 May were approximately:
- personnel – about 27,400 persons were liquidated,
- tanks – 1,220 units,
- armoured combat vehicles – 2,958 units,
- artillery systems – 555 units,
- MLRS – 195 units,
- anti-aircraft warfare systems – 89 units,
- aircraft – 200 units,
- helicopters – 164 units,
- UAV of operational and tactical level – 416 units,
- cruise missiles – 95 units,
- ships / boats – 13 units,
- vehicles and fuel tanks – 2,087 units,
- special equipment – 42 units.
The enemy suffered the greatest losses in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv regions.
Meanwhile, the UK Ministry of Defence, citing intelligence, reported on Twitter that as of 15 May, Russia likely suffered losses of one third of the ground combat force it committed in February to attack Ukraine. Russia’s Donbas offensive has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule.
“Russian bridging equipment has been in short supply throughout the conflict, slowing and restricting offensive manoeuvre. Russian UAVs are vital for tactical awareness and directing artillery, but have been vulnerable to Ukrainian anti-air capabilities,” the report reads.
It also notes that Russian forces are increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, “continued low morale” and reduced combat effectiveness. Many of these capabilities cannot be quickly replaced or reconstituted.
“Under the current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days,” the British military intelligence said.
Earlier, the UK Ministry of Defence said that Russia’s success in establishing a pro-Russian local leadership in Kherson only underscored the failure of Russia’s invasion to achieve its political goals in Ukraine as a whole.