Putin's nightmare: Russia experiences its worst day in the war so far

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.24 - 2023 5:39 PM CET

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The war between Ukraine and Russia, which has been ongoing for over one and a half years, has seen devastating losses on both sides.

Since the invasion in February 2022, Russia has poured vast amounts of materials and military personnel into Ukraine. However, a significant portion of these resources has been lost, and many lives have been sacrificed.

Recently, Ukrainian forces have managed to significantly push back the Russian offensive.

Between October 14th and 21st, the Russian Air Force lost at least 14 aircraft, with unconfirmed reports from Kyiv Post suggesting losses could be as high as 25 aircraft and helicopters.

From Thursday to Friday in a 24-hour span, Finnish media outlet Iltalehti reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin experienced his worst day since the conflict began.

Multiple setbacks for Russian Forces

According to Ukrainian claims, their forces destroyed 175 Russian armored vehicles, including 55 tanks, during this brief period.

On average, Russian forces have lost three tanks per day since February 2022, as reported by Forbes.

Tanks and vehicles are not the only significant losses for Russia.

Ukraine alleges that 1,380 Russian soldiers lost their lives in Ukraine during the same 24-hour period, although these numbers have not been verified by independent sources.

On October 20th, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the Ukrainian army in a post on social media. "I thank all our soldiers who are holding their positions and fighting against the occupiers every day. Russia's losses are catastrophic," he wrote.

In a statement dated October 20th, the British Ministry of Defence commented on the Russian losses, noting that Ukrainian forces had brought down several helicopters and aircraft on Tuesday, October 17th.

The Ukrainians claim to have used the American long-range ATACMS missiles for this operation.

"While the extent of the damage is unknown, it is likely that nine Russian military helicopters were destroyed in Berdjansk, along with five in Luhansk. These losses will likely put additional pressure on Russian pilots and air defenses, who are already dealing with exhaustion and maintenance issues related to the unexpectedly prolonged operation," the statement read.

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