Russia lost more than 38,000 soldiers killed in action in Ukraine, General Staff reports

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Destroyed Russian tank somewhere in Ukrainian woods
Destroyed Russian tank somewhere in Ukrainian woods

The Ukrainian military said that Russians had suffered the greatest losses in the Bakhmut area over the past day.

The total combat losses of the enemy from Feb. 24 to July 16 are the following:

  • Personnel – about 38,140(+140);

  • Tanks – 1,677 (+5);

  • Armored combat vehicles – 3,874 (+8);

  • Artillery systems – 846 (+4);

  • Multiple launch rocket systems – 247 (+0);

  • Air defense systems – 109 (+0);

  • Warplanes – 220 (+0);

  • Helicopters – 188 (+0);

  • UAV operational-tactical level – 687 (+6);

  • Cruise missiles – 162 (+7);

  • Warships / boats – 15 (+0);

  • Motor vehicles and fuel tankers – 2,735 (+4);

  • Special equipment – 68 (+1).

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Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. July 16 is the 143d day of full-scale war. The invading forces tried to advance from the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine using artillery and bombing them from the air.

During this time, the Kremlin has changed the goals of its war in Ukraine several times. After a failed operation to seize Kyiv and then the retreat of its troops from Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy oblasts, Russian forces concentrated on fighting for the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, which were under Ukrainian governmental control before the full-scale Russian invasion.

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Kherson remains the only provincial capital under Russian control. Russian forces maintain their hold on parts of Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, and Kharkiv oblasts.

Ukrainian troops are counterattacking in some areas and Russian troops are suffering losses.