December 2, 2022

Russia lost 480 personnel, 21 tanks and 26 armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) in Ukraine over the course of a single day, data provided by the Ukrainian military showed.

Approximately 68,420 Russian personnel were eliminated between the start of the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 and Tuesday, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said, citing reports from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russia also lost around 2,611 tanks and 5,321 AFVs, among other pieces of military equipment, within the same period.

The previous casualty report from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine released Monday stated that Russia had lost 67,940 personnel, 2.590 tanks and 5,295 AFVs up to that point.

Around 5,937 soldiers in Russia’s armed forces have been killed in the war, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced last month.

Independent Russian media outlet Mediazona reported that it has been able to confirm via open sources at least 7,822 Russian military deaths in Ukraine as of Friday.

U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl estimated in August that the number of Russian casualties in the ongoing conflict may have already reached 80,000.

Ukraine has also seen “significant losses of manpower on the battlefield,” according to Kahl, but the official did not provide figures.

Oleksiy Arestovych, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, revealed in early June that about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers had already been killed at the time.

“Both sides are taking casualties. The war is the most intense conventional conflict in Europe since the Second World War. But the Ukrainians have a lot of advantages, not the least of which is their will to fight,” Kahl said in a press conference.

Amid reports of its losses in the invasion of Ukraine, Russia announced troop mobilization on Sept. 21.

The initiative, the first of its kind in Russia since World War II, sought to mobilize up to 300,000 reservists, Shoigu claimed.

Around 222,000 people have already been called up, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Oct. 14.

However, mobilization alone may not provide Russia with significant military power this year.

Putin “is far more concerned with rushing bodies to the battlefield” than addressing flaws in his country’s military personnel and equipment systems, according to the Institute for the Study of War, a U.S.-based think tank.

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