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A Russian T-72 tank destroyed near the front line in Mykolaiv, Ukraine Photograph: Reuters/Scanpix
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During the nine months of the war, Russia effectively lost most of its heavy assault weapons and a significant number of professional soldiers. Almost 90% of tanks and 75% of high-precision missiles were lost. However, according to the Ukrainian “Forbes” report, Russia still has at least 10,000 armored vehicles and more than 7,000 S-300 complex missiles.

For years, Russia has bet on NATO a small but maximally armed army, against which threats and intimidations are regularly voiced. If you look at quantity without taking into account quality, Russia’s offensive potential was far greater than that of any European member of NATO. His only rival was the USA.

According to the calculations of the “Military Balance”, at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia had at its disposal about 20,000 tanks and armored vehicles, more than 2,800 combat aviation units and 3,700 artillery systems.

In February, the ratio of soldiers to armored vehicles in the Russian army was 18 to 1. In other words, there was at least one tank, armored personnel carrier or infantry fighting vehicle for every 18 soldiers. In the Ukrainian army, the ratio is currently about 1 to 100.

Russia was probably the last country in the world to have a separate tank army. It had more tanks than France, Germany and Great Britain combined – more than 500.

In fact, the tank army was the main pride of Russia. After all, the West and NATO have often been threatened as “the Russian First Tank Army, which will stop NATO in the event of a direct conflict”. In the fall, seven months after the start of the war, this tank army is history. Some of the tanks were destroyed, but some fell into the hands of the Ukrainian army.

Russia’s loss of human resources

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia has already lost more than 87,000 soldiers. If you add in the estimated number of seriously wounded (which may be roughly twice the number of those killed), then the total losses of the Russian army can be measured at 250,000 soldiers. They make up about 70% of all Russian ground forces at the disposal of the offensive state before the start of the war.

But US Army General Mark Milley said that the number of dead Russian soldiers cited by Ukraine may have been exaggerated. In total, however, Russia may have lost at least 100,000 soldiers.

Initially, Russia planned to include about 200,000 soldiers from the Western, Southern and Eastern military districts in the offensive. The rest of the subunits (about 150,000 soldiers) were transferred by Russia to Ukraine in April-May, taking into account the large losses in the Russian forces.

If the Russian forces had lost just 5,900 soldiers from February to September, it is unlikely that dictator Vladimir Putin would declare a “partial” mobilization at the end of September and call in about 300,000 reserve soldiers. Among the mobilized are a large number of soldiers with insufficient experience in battles with tanks or artillery systems. There was also not enough time to prepare them for heavy fighting.

Russia’s “new army” is now basically made up of poorly equipped ground forces that have grown into a gigantic WWII-style navy equipped even with 60-year-old tanks, old howitzers and rifles.

Losses between tanks

At the beginning of the war, Russia had about 3,330 relatively modern tanks. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia has already lost more than 2,900 – almost 90% of the losses suffered by Russia at the beginning of the invasion. Most were destroyed, but at least 590 tanks were captured as trophies by Ukrainian forces.

About 10,000 more T-72 and T-82 tanks are stored in Russia’s long-term storage warehouses. However, it is impossible to quickly restore the combat capabilities of most tanks. It should be noted that the T-72 and T-80 tanks have long been used as donors for other types of equipment.

Tanks of this model are in the arsenals of many countries, and spare parts can be purchased on the black market. In satellite companies, it can often be seen that the protected tanks are actually just a hull that is not part of it.

In the war, Russia had to use preserved old and more primitive T-62 tanks. They are also found in very small numbers in the weapons of other countries. Since these tanks do not have high precision equipment, there is no demand for spare parts for these tanks.

According to the information provided by the Russians themselves, it is planned to restore about 800 units per year – this is the largest capacity offered by the Russian military-industrial complex.

Russia received at least 94 tanks from Belarus. It is very likely that Russia has managed to “revive” about 1000 tanks since the beginning of the war. However, it only covers a third of the losses.

Russia’s tank losses are so severe that British intelligence has stated that it will take several years for Russia to rebuild its elite First Tank Army.

Most likely, in the field of tanks, Russia lost its numerical advantage against Ukraine, with the exception of about 600 tanks – trophies, which during the war bought more than 400 tanks from its Western allies (mostly from Poland and the Czech Republic). In addition, Ukraine had several hundred tanks in its arsenal.

Losses of other equipment

As for the losses of other armored vehicles, Russia has no deficit in this regard. At the beginning of the invasion, there were about 16,650 armored vehicles in the Russian arsenal. Most of this equipment is Soviet-era armored personnel carriers and combat vehicles. The newest armored personnel carriers BMP-3 Russia numbered no more than 600, but the very famous “Terminators” were only a few dozen.

Even taking into account the losses, Russia has more than 10,000 armored vehicles at its disposal. That’s five times more than Ukraine receives from its allies. The war had a noticeable effect on the Russian artillery – more than 70% of its combat capabilities were lost in this area.

As a rule, artillery is located behind the front line and its losses are lower than tanks and armored vehicles. However, the NATO-standard high-precision howitzers and self-propelled artillery at Ukraine’s disposal make Russian artillery units close to the front very vulnerable.

Taking into account the losses, the Russian command decided to restore the equipment of the long-range “Pion” – the only equipment of the Soviet era that allowed shooting at distances of more than 40 kilometers. There were 260 such devices in Russia.

The main artillery systems at the disposal of Russia are the “Msta-S” and “Akatsia” self-propelled howitzers. Their firing range is 25-30 kilometers, which is 10-15 kilometers less than NATO equipment.

Russian aviation has the lowest percentage of losses, but is also the most expensive. The total value of the downed Russian aircraft and helicopters is about eight billion dollars.

In addition, Russia used about 75% of its stock of high-precision missiles.

Russia is said to have produced about 75 missiles per month during the war. This means that if Russia completely depletes its stock of high-precision missiles, it will still have the ability to launch a massive monthly shower of missiles into Ukraine.

But Russia has thousands of low-precision missiles that can fire at ranges of up to 250 kilometers. Among them are about 7,000 complex S-300 missiles bombing the frontline cities of Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Nikopol and now Kherson. Russia successfully continues its war crimes by terrorizing peaceful people with these missiles. Unfortunately, Russia has terrorist resources for a longer period of time.

“Forbes” notes that all calculations use information provided by the General Staff of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defense, 171 state military potential and defense economics assessment institute “The Military Balance”, information provided by the US and British intelligence services, and Dutch open data. intelligence project “Oryx”.

Source: Tv Net

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