Russia suffers staggering losses following brutal fighting in Ukraine’s east

Russia has experienced staggering equipment losses in the last ten days after launching an offensive in the northeast of Ukraine.

One in 10 Russian losses since the start of the counteroffensive in June have occurred in the last 10 days, according to Agentstvo, a Russian investigative site, citing data from Dutch open-source intelligence defence analysis website Oryx.

Moscow lost 201 pieces of equipment in the past 10 days out of 2,156 units since the beginning of Kyiv’s counteroffensive. This includes 42 tanks, 49 infantry fighting vehicles and 10 armoured personnel carriers.

The shocking figures come amid a Russian attack near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, which has seen fierce fighting. Video shared to social media purports to show heavy Russian losses there.

Moscow began the assault on October 10, sending wave after wave of troops, tanks and vehicles into the area.

On Sunday Ukraine’s General Staff claimed Kyiv’s forces had repelled nearly 20 Russian offensives near Avdiivka.

Despite this, the Institute for the Study of War said that Russian military bloggers claimed that there were “no significant changes along the front”.

It wrote in an update on X: “Russian forces are funnelling additional forces to the Avdiivka front in Donetsk Oblast despite ongoing challenges with frontal mechanised assaults and the failure of a renewed push on October 19-20.”

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Previously, Ukrainian officials – including President Volodymyr Zelensky – said that Kyiv’s forces had repelled vicious Russian attacks along the eastern front.

Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the area claimed to have destroyed as many as 200 Russian armoured vehicles between October 16 and 20.

At the height of the fighting so far, Ukraine reported 64 clashes in the area in just a 24-hour period.

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