According to Ukraine, Russia lost 30 artillery systems and 24 armored vehicles (APVs) in the 24-hour period from Friday, September 1 to Saturday, September 2.
Kiev’s daily tally of Russian losses also showed that Moscow lost 570 soldiers, 12 tanks and 12 drones in the same 24-hour period.
According to data published by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on its Facebook page, Russia has lost a total of 8,637 armored vehicles and 5,560 artillery systems since the invasion began on February 24, 2022.
The alleged losses came as the U.S. said Ukrainian forces had made “significant progress” south of the front line.
The number of Russian losses in Ukraine is difficult to determine because it is believed that Moscow underestimated losses and Ukraine overstated them. Weekly newspaper The Ukrainian figures could not be independently verified.
Weekly newspaper The Russian Defense Ministry has been contacted by email for comment.
Dutch open source outlet Oryx, which has been monitoring Russian losses since the start of the conflict based on photographic evidence, says Moscow has so far lost 107 artillery support vehicles and equipment, 509 self-propelled artillery systems and 292 towed artillery systems. war.
Russia also lost a total of 959 armored combat vehicles and 346 armored personnel carriers, according to Oryx.
As of Friday, according to the latest information from the Institute of War Research (ISW) think tank, Ukrainian troops continued their offensive against Russian lines near Bakhmut and in western Zaporizhia Oblast. The ISW said Kiev’s army had made “some progress” and the Ukrainian General Staff reported some “unspecified successes” in the area of the nuclear power plant.
Despite the reported success of Kiev’s counteroffensive, Ukraine and its Western allies are still awaiting a major breakthrough in the campaign, although experts believe it could become easier after Ukraine breaks through Russia’s initial defenses on the southern front.
“The likelihood of that happening is increasing,” John Herbst, senior director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, told The Hill on Friday. [we] The predictions for the second line of defense were correct, the further east one goes, the better the chances of a major breakthrough as we see today. “
White House spokesman John Kirby said on Saturday that Ukraine’s counteroffensive had made “significant progress” over the past three days “on the southern front in the Zaporozhye region.”
“They’ve had some success against the Russian second line of defense,” Kirby said in Washington.