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.
ISW: Russia has lost captured area greater than the size of Denmark.
Excluding territory seized pre 24/2, Russia have lost more ground than they gained during their failing circus of terror.
Looking at the big picture, this is not going well for Russia.
Well done Ukraine.
— Lavrov's Dog 🇬🇧 (@LavrovsFELLA) August 25, 2022
Good News 🤙
Since March, Ukraine 🇺🇦💪 has recaptured a territory the size of Denmark from Russia – Institute for the Study of War pic.twitter.com/aW0IdUszBw
— LX #NAFO (@LXSummer1) August 25, 2022
“We Ukrainians already know what will come next.
We will win.
There will be new cities.
There will be new dreams.
There will be a new story.
There will be, there’s no doubt."
Happy Independence day, my dear Ukraine! 💙💛pic.twitter.com/AlniF4oMzp
— Mattia Nelles (@mattia_n) August 24, 2022
"What is the end of the war for us? We used to say, ‘Peace.’ Now we say, ’Victory.’” In a defiant speech, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine congratulated his compatriots on the nation’s Independence Day and for resisting through six months of war. https://t.co/8QFq5oI8gv pic.twitter.com/fhusVt5AUC
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 24, 2022
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.
Today, on the thirty-first year of Ukraine's Independence, we are fighting for the right to be free and live under the peaceful sky.
I want to thank everyone who is defending our freedom, we always remember our heroes who gave their lives for Ukraine.
Happy Independence Day !🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/GwhLD8a9ze
— Andriy Shevchenko (@jksheva7) August 24, 2022
We are the free people of independent Ukraine. We are strong and united. These six months have been incredibly difficult, and they have changed all of us. Happy Independence Day of Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/ZwwVEPL4d2
— Maria Avdeeva (@maria_avdv) August 24, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of Aug. 25, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/Dg58idcFlw
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 25, 2022
This article appeared in MorningPress and has been published here with permission.