The Russian army experienced its biggest losses over the last day near Bakhmut, a city to the north of Donetsk.
The Russian army lost more than 9,000 of all kinds of weaponry and military equipment. These are the figures:
Tanks – 1,367 (+4)
Armored personnel vehicles – 3,366 (+12)
Artillery systems – 661 (+14)
Multiple launch rocket systems – 207 (+2)
Anti-aircraft systems – 95 (+1)
Warplanes – 210 (+2)
Helicopters – 175 (+1)
Drones of operational and tactical level – 535 (+14)
Cruise missiles – 121 (+1)
Warships/boats – 13 (+0)
Vehicles and fuel tankers – 2,329 (+4)
Special equipment – 51 (+0)
The Russian army started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the morning of Feb. 24. The invaders tried to advance from the north, east and south, using artillery and aircraft to shell peaceful cities all over Ukraine.
Since the first days of war, the most difficult situations have been in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Mariupol, and Kherson. For more than a month Russian army kept shelling and bombing Kyiv, bringing severe damage to neighboring towns of Bucha, Hostomel, Irpin and Borodyanka. Many private houses in that area were robbed by Russian soldiers.
Right now, Russia’s invaders are trying to expand their control in the Donbas area. Besides the Donbas, Russians control Ukrainian territories in Zaporizhzhya and Kherson Oblasts. A small part of Kharkiv Oblast is still occupied by the Russians, but Ukrainian army is conducting a successful counter-offensive operation in that part of the country. Another Ukrainian counter-offensive has now started in Kherson.
On April 22, government of the Russian Federation made a statement about beginning a “second stage” of its war against Ukraine – the full occupation of the Donbas and Ukraine’s southern regions. The Russian plan is built around idea of connecting Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Russia occupied in 2014, to Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, parts of which the Russians effectively occupied by creating sham “people’s republics” in 2014.