Russia Has Lost Giant Territory It Conquered in Ukraine After 6 Months of War

(Social media photo shows Ukraine's heroic President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (right) welcoming outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Kyiv on Ukraine's Independence Day, exactly six months into the Russian invasion.)

Russia lost enormous territory – roughly the size of Denmark – that it originally conquered in the initial weeks of its atrocious invasion of Ukraine.

This news emerged after Wednesday, August 24. On Wednesday, Ukraine marked six months since it was attacked and also celebrated its Day of Independence from the former Soviet Union declared 31 years ago.

Staggering Russian Losses and Failures

As the six-month milestone of the war was marked on Wednesday, accounts started reemerging in media outlets all over the world about the stunning bravery of Ukrainians.

At the end of March, Ukraine defeated the invasion in the north. This was supposed to capture the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Though Ukraine’s fighters dealt such severe blows to the Russians that Putin’s command saw itself forced to flee the entire northern front.

Besides the entire north, Ukrainians also managed to liberate smaller areas in the east and south. Meanwhile, Ukrainian defenders have destroyed about 11,500 Russian units of military equipment.

(Social media photo shows the Russian bombing of a Ukrainian train station which has claimed dozens of lives.)

Fake Russian ‘Goodwill’ on Ukraine’s ‘Independence From Moscow’ Day

Ahead of Ukraine’s Independence Day, the nation’s top military commander, four-star General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, announced more than 9,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in battle so far.

Ukrainian military commentators noted on YouTube that the Ukraine-to-Russia kill ratio seems to be about 1:4 or 1:5. This is roughly close to the classic defender-to-attacker ratio of 1:3.

However, in the Russian case, the death toll is higher. There seem to be more killed soldiers than wounded. This is attributed to the abysmal state of Russian medical services on the battlefields of Ukraine.

Since their biggest advance on March 21, roughly 3.5 weeks into the invasion, the Russians lost a formerly conquered Ukrainian territory of an estimated 17,375 square miles.

This is roughly the size of the country of Denmark, according to an update from the Institute for the Study of War, a think-tank based in Washington, DC.

Speaking on Wednesday during Ukraine’s Day of Independence, Britain’s Defense Ministry, Ben Wallace, declared, as cited by The Daily Mail, that the latest UK intelligence data shows Russia lost about 80,000 troops in six months of war so far.

Reports in Ukrainian media have cited a leaked Russian government document as saying a total of 76,000 Russian soldiers have been lost.

On Wednesday, Russians hit a train station in Chaplyne in Central Ukraine, killing 25 people, including two young boys, and wounding more than 50.

However, Ukraine’s Independence Day from Moscow still saw far smaller Russian attacks than the Putin regime threatened.

That was combined with a bizarre statement by Russian Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu, who claimed his military is observing a slowdown in order to “avoid civilian casualties.”

Observers have been quick to point out that such fake Russian “goodwill gestures” usually mean the Russian military is failing, exhausted, badly beaten, or out of ammunition and other supplies.


This article appeared in MorningPress and has been published here with permission.