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Heavy losses for Russia: explosions at Belarusian airfield

2022-08-15T03:11:06.610Z

Heavy casualties for Russia: 20 percent of invading forces reportedly incapacitated  Created: 08/15/2022, 05:00 By: Moritz Serif, Christian Stör, Sarah Neumeyer Russia records heavy losses in the Ukraine war. The Ukrainian general staff gives numbers: the news ticker. More than five months after invading Ukraine, Russian forces are suffering heavy casualties. Russia draws up plans to compensat



Heavy casualties for Russia: 20 percent of invading forces reportedly incapacitated 

Created: 08/15/2022, 05:00

By: Moritz Serif, Christian Stör, Sarah Neumeyer

Russia records heavy losses in the Ukraine war.

The Ukrainian general staff gives numbers: the news ticker.

  • More than five months after invading Ukraine, Russian forces are suffering heavy casualties.

  • Russia draws up plans to compensate for losses in the Ukraine war.

  • Editor

     's note: Some of the information on the Ukraine conflict comes from warring factions and cannot be directly checked independently.

+++ 1.30 p.m .:

According to its own statements, Ukraine has so far destroyed two Russian helicopters over the weekend.

The military leadership reported that on August 13 and 14, two Russian Ka-52 Alligator all-weather attack helicopters were disabled.

Russian Kamov Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and attack helicopter.

© SNA/IMAGO

+++ 10:00 a.m .:

The Ukrainian military has updated the statistics on Russia’s losses.

According to this, a little more than 43,500 soldiers of the Russian army have fallen in the Ukraine war so far.

Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zalushnyi had previously said that a fifth of the Russian invasion troops had been disabled.

(see update from 7.55 a.m.).

An overview of the data published by the news

portals Nexta

and

Kyiv Independent

, among others :

  • Soldiers: 

    43,550

  • Aircraft:

     233

  • Helicopters:

     194

  • Tanks:

     1864

  • Armored Fighting Vehicles:

     4126

  • Artillery systems:

     980

  • Air defense systems: 

    136

  • Multiple rocket launcher systems:

     261

  • Cars and other vehicles:

     3039

  • Ships:

     15

  • Unmanned Combat Drones:

     784

  • As of Sunday 14 August 2022

  • The information on Russia's losses in the Ukraine war comes from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

    They cannot be independently verified.

    The Kremlin itself gives very little information about its own losses.

The Russian army is suffering heavy casualties in Ukraine.

© picture alliance/dpa/AP

Update from Sunday, August 14, 7:55 a.m .:

According to the Ukrainian military, 20 percent of Russian troops have been disabled since the beginning of the war.

"One-fifth of the units of the Russian armed forces involved in the invasion of Ukraine were destroyed," Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zalushnyy said in a statement tweeted by Ukraine's Defense Ministry.

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Heavy losses for Russia: 43,400 soldiers apparently killed

Update from Saturday, August 13, 12:00 p.m .:

The Ukrainian military has shot down a Russian Su-25 fighter jet and destroyed four Russian Orlan-10 drones in the past 24 hours.

This is reported by the

Kyiv Independent

.

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia has lost 233 planes and 779 drones since the invasion began on February 24 (see 9:00 a.m. update).

Heavy losses for Russia: military "weakened"

+++ 11.30 a.m .:

According to the British Ministry of Defence, the heavy explosions at a Russian military base in Crimea are affecting the operational capability of the Black Sea Fleet.

Citing intelligence information, the ministry said eight fighter jets were badly damaged or destroyed.

The assessment is explosive that the Russian army uses the base as a supply route for the troops in southern Ukraine.

However, the Luftwaffe is "considerably weakened" after the recent losses.

The causes of the explosions at the base are still unclear.

Ukraine has not yet made a clear statement on this.

Update from Friday, August 12, 6 a.m.:

Ukraine attacked a Russian fortress and an ammunition depot.

As the news portal

Kyiv Independent

reports, 19 Russian soldiers were killed in the attacks and four military vehicles were destroyed.

Heavy losses for Russia: several fighter jets destroyed

Update from Thursday, August 11, 8:50 p.m .:

Several Russian fighter jets were apparently destroyed in explosions on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

This is shown by satellite images published by the US company Planet Labs.

The footage contradicts Moscow's account of the events, according to which a fire started as a result of exploding ammunition.

There were no Russian reports of destroyed military equipment.

Both the

New York Times

and the US Institute for War Studies (ISW) reported Thursday (August 11) that at least eight planes had been burned down.

The US television channel

CNN

gave the number of jets destroyed on the peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 as at least seven.

Ten machines had previously been mentioned in Kyiv.

Der

Spiegel

reports nine destroyed fighter jets.

Accordingly, the Saki air force base will probably not be deployable in the short term, but the psychological consequences of the alleged Ukrainian attack are more serious.

Although the leadership in Kyiv has not officially taken responsibility for the explosions, many observers are now assuming a targeted Ukrainian attack due to the number and force of the explosions.

According to ISW military experts, the Russian leadership does not want to admit a Ukrainian attack for image reasons.

Because then Moscow would have to admit that its air defenses had failed, it said.

Russia with heavy losses: explosions at Belarusian airfield

First report from Thursday, August 11:

Moscow – Several fires broke out in Belarus and Russia during the Ukraine war.

According to the

Kyiv Independent

, an airfield and a Russian military base near Moscow were affected.

Belarus reports that there have been explosions.

Russia has therefore suffered further losses in the Ukraine war.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reports Russian army casualties on a daily basis.

Kyiv assumes 43,000 dead Russian soldiers.

The information cannot be independently verified.

(mse/sne with AFP/dpa)

Source: merkur

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