Ukrainian army claims to have ‘liquidated’ more than 80,000 Russians


Ukrainian state media say the country’s forces have now “eliminated” more than 80,000 Russians since Vladimir Putin launched his full-scale invasion, or “special military operation”, in February.

Some 810 of the alleged Russian casualties – claims of enemy casualties by both sides in the conflict are almost impossible to fully verify, given the circumstances – were inflicted on the last day of fighting, Ukrinform reported, citing a message on the Official facebook. Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) page.

Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer fighters inspect a destroyed Russian tank at an undisclosed location in eastern Ukraine on November 10, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

In total, the Ukrainians claim to have “liquidated” 80,210 Russian military personnel, 2,838 tanks, 5,730 armored personnel carriers, 1,829 artillery systems and hundreds of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and systems anti-aircraft warfare.

They also claim heavy Russian air losses, including 278 planes, 261 helicopters and more than 1,500 aerial drones,

Ukrainian army claims to have 'liquidated' more than 80,000 Russians

Russian tanks damaged in recent fighting are seen near the recently recaptured village of Kamianka, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

“Hit the occupier! Together we will win! Our power is in the truth! the Ukrainian military said at the end of its Facebook post announcing the alleged Russian losses.

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This photograph taken on October 7, 2022 shows a destroyed Russian tank on a road near Izyum in eastern Ukraine. (Photo by SERGEY BOBOK/AFP) (Photo by SERGEY BOBOK/AFP via Getty Images)

The Russians, for their part, were more cautious in their assertions of Ukrainian casualties, largely avoiding putting a number of Ukrainian dead in favor of focusing exclusively on supposedly destroyed equipment.

More recently, the country’s Defense Ministry claimed to have destroyed 6,550 Ukrainian tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 886 MLRS vehicles, 3,574 field artillery guns and mortars, 333 aircraft, 175 helicopters and 388 missile systems anti-aircraft, among others – figures close to and in some cases higher than those produced by the Ukrainians.

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Pedestrians stand in front of a display of destroyed Russian tanks and armored vehicles in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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