Date: September 23, 2023
Ukrainian General Oleksandr Tarnavsky outlines key developments in Ukraine's southern counteroffensive, highlighting cautious optimism regarding strategic gains in Tokmak.
577 Days of Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Assessing Russian Losses on Ukrainian Soil
The Scale of Personnel Losses
According to the data released on September 23, 2023, Russian forces have lost approximately 275,460 troops on Ukrainian soil. This number is not only staggering in itself but also reflects an increase of 510 troops compared to the last reported figure.
Material Losses: Tanks, Aircraft, and More
The report highlights not just the human toll but also significant material losses:
• Tanks: 4,655 units, an increase of 11 units.
• Armored Personnel Vehicles (APV): 8,912 units, up by 21.
• Artillery Systems: 6,210 units, an addition of 33 units.
Other Weaponry Systems
• Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS): 789 units.
• Anti-aircraft Warfare Systems: 530 units.
• Aircraft: 315 units.
• Helicopters: 316 units.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Missiles
• Operational-tactical level UAVs: 4,867 units
• Cruise Missiles: 1,518 units
• Boats/Warships: 20 units
• Submarines: 1 unit
Special Equipment and Other Resources
• Special Equipment: 912 units
• Vehicles and Fuel Tanks: 8,716 units, an increase of 26 units.
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- Measured Progress: While Ukrainian forces have achieved a breakthrough near Verbove, General Tarnavsky cautions that advances are not as rapid as one might expect based on cinematic portrayals.
- Strategic Focus on Tokmak: Tarnavsky identifies Tokmak as a crucial objective, stating that capturing this strategic Russian hub would represent a major milestone for Ukraine's southern campaign.
- Russian Defenses: The general emphasizes that Russian forces are relying on in-depth defensive strategies around Tokmak.
- Ultimate Goal: Beyond Tokmak, the overall objective remains the reclamation of Ukraine's state borders.
- Cautious Optimism: Tarnavsky conveys optimism that a significant breakthrough will come after the capture of Tokmak.
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