Russian forces working in Ukraine have misplaced 15 tanks in a single day, Kyiv mentioned on Sunday.
Writing in its day by day replace on Fb, the Normal Employees of Ukraine’s Armed Forces mentioned the 15 tanks had been taken out of motion, alongside an additional 15 armored personnel autos. Eight Russian artillery methods and two unmanned aerial autos (UAVs), or drones, had additionally been destroyed within the earlier 24 hours, in line with Ukraine’s navy.
By Kyiv’s rely, Sunday’s replace brings Russia’s whole tank losses to three,595. Ukraine’s navy has repeatedly shared footage on-line of Russian tanks being focused, and plenty of Western analysts say Russia has sustained heavy tank losses at Ukraine’s fingers over the course of the battle.
Kyiv’s rely is available in greater than many Western estimates, together with Dutch open-source verification outlet, Oryx. As of Sunday, it positioned Russia’s visually confirmed tank losses at 1,889. The web site lists 1,137 as “destroyed” and 552 as “captured” by Ukrainian forces.
In its day by day report on Saturday, Russia’s protection ministry mentioned Ukraine had misplaced 8,399 tanks and different armored fight autos since February 24, 2022.
On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Moscow would produce and improve a complete of greater than 1,600 tanks within the subsequent three years. Russia could have not less than “3 times” the variety of tanks at its disposal in comparison with Ukraine, Putin instructed state media.
However the targets laid out by Putin ignore Russia’s “restricted industrial capability” to shortly produce superior tanks, in addition to their losses on the battlefield, the Washington-based Institute for the Research of Struggle (ISW) assume tank mentioned on Saturday.
It will take six years for Russia’s solely tank producer to hit this determine at its present manufacturing fee, the assume tank added. Moscow will due to this fact have to take previous tanks from storage and refurbish others to hit Putin’s determine, the ISW mentioned.
Russia would wish to provide 1,350 tanks within the subsequent 9 months to maintain its shares at present ranges, the ISW calculated.
In early February, Dmitry Medvedev, the previous Russian president and present deputy chairman of Russia’s safety council, mentioned Moscow could be rising its fashionable tank manufacturing after Western nations donated predominant battle tanks to Ukraine.
“It’s clear that on this case, it’s pure for us to extend manufacturing of assorted armaments together with fashionable tanks,” he mentioned on February 9.
The British protection ministry has referred to as Russia’s navy manufacturing a “important weak spot,” closely impacted by the battle in Ukraine. Writing on Twitter on February 15, the ministry mentioned manufacturing is “virtually actually” failing to fulfill Russia’s protection ministry’s calls for.
Russia misplaced as much as 50 % of its key pre-war tank fleet within the first 9 months of preventing, the Worldwide Institute for Strategic Research mentioned again in mid-February. The ISW additionally estimated on the time that Russia doubtless misplaced half of the tanks it deployed within the battle.
Newsweek has reached out to Russia’s protection ministry through electronic mail.