Russia loses 28 artillery systems, 15 APVs and 9 tanks in one day: Ukraine

Russia’s forces lost 15 armored patrol vehicles and over two dozen artillery systems in the past 24 hours of fighting, according to Kyiv’s military.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine, which provides daily estimates of Moscow’s weaponry and equipment losses, said on Monday that Russia has lost over 14,000 APVs since the war began in February 2022. Kyiv also reported that Moscow lost 28 artillery systems, nine tanks, and over 40 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) between Sunday and Monday.

Alongside a graphic of the loss estimates shared by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry to X, formerly Twitter, Kyiv officials included a quote from the late French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: “The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”

Ukraine’s military also reported that 1,150 Russian personnel were “eliminated” in the past day of fighting, bringing Moscow’s casualty estimate to 502,340 since it launched its invasion of Ukraine. Russia does not publish reports regarding its own losses. A declassified U.S. intelligence assessment published in December 2023 said that Moscow had lost an estimated 315,000 personnel.

Newsweek reached out to Russia’s Ministry of Defense for comment on Monday.

The report comes as Russia has been slowly pushing the front lines in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Moscow appeared to be preparing for a new offensive in the Kharkiv region as well, which has seen an increase number of attacks from Russian troops in recent weeks.

“The one who does all this doesn’t want peace,” Zelensky said in a video address on Sunday.

Reuters reported last week that Russian President Vladimir Putin was looking to “freeze” fighting along the current frontlines, according to four Russian sources familiar with the matter. One senior Kremlin official told the news outlet that Putin was “ready for a ceasefire” in fighting as well. Peace negotiations have been presented by both sides in the war on multiple occasions, although Ukraine and Russia have yet to agree to a set of standards for a pause in fighting.

A Ukrainian mortar unit prepares for a combat mission on May 18 near the Russian border. Ukraine estimated on Monday that Russia lost over two dozen artillery systems and 15 armored vehicles in the past…

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Ukraine’s Armed Forces said on its Facebook page that Russia attacked the frontlines 80 times on Monday, including 10 “combat clashes” in the Kharkiv direction. Kyiv claimed that Russia suffered “significant losses” along the frontlines near the Kupiansk direction but said that Moscow “continues to increase pressure” near the village of Sivers’k.

Near the town of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region, Ukraine’s military said that its soldiers held off 21 attacks from Russia’s troops, adding, “Ukrainian defenders are not easy, but the situation is under control.”