How Many Tanks Has Russia Lost in Ukraine?

Russia has lost hundreds of tanks and fighting vehicles in Ukraine since it invaded the country on February 24, according to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry and a war monitoring website.

The Kremlin has claimed that Russia's "special military operation" is going well, but the available numbers tell a different story. The fact that Kherson is the only major city captured by Russia so far and that it is yet to claim Kyiv, the capital, also suggests that the war so far has not been successful for Putin's forces.

Although the nature of war makes it hard to get complete accuracy in real time, there have been a couple of tallies so far.

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that Russia had lost 353 tanks, as well as 60 tanker trucks and 1,165 armored vehicles.

The ministry also claimed that more than 12,000 Russian military personnel have been killed in Ukraine.

The last time the Russian Ministry of Defense reported a death toll was on March 2, when it said 498 of its troops had been killed in the conflict.

Oryx has also provided numbers. It's a website that monitors the destruction of military equipment through open-source reports, such as social media, and each loss needs to be backed up with photographic evidence.

On Friday, Oryx said 184 Russian tanks had been destroyed, damaged, abandoned or captured. It said the Russian military had lost 110 armored fighting vehicles,161 infantry fighting vehicles and 63 armored personnel carriers. Overall, it claimed 1,091 Russian military vehicles had been lost since the start of the war.

The website said 49 Ukrainian tanks have been destroyed, abandoned or captured since the start of the war. It said the Ukrainian military had lost 42 armored fighting vehicles, 36 infantry fighting vehicles and 19 armored personnel carriers. Overall, Oryx said Ukraine had lost 294 vehicles since the fighting broke out last month.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment on Russia's tank losses.

A U.S. official estimated on Wednesday that between 5,000 and 6,000 Russian troops may have been killed in just the first two weeks of the fighting, according to the Associated Press.

The official also said that 2,000 to 4,000 Ukrainian troops are believed to have died in the war.

The Ukrainian government claimed on Friday that a third Russian major general, Andrei Kolesnikov, had been killed in Ukraine. Russia has not commented on the reports yet.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday said his country had reached a "strategic turning point" in the war, in a national address.

Zelensky recorded the speech on the streets of Kyiv with the Ukrainian flag in the background.

"It is impossible to say how many days we still have to free Ukrainian land. But we can say we will do it. For we have already reached a strategic turning point. We are already moving towards our goal, our victory," he said.

He defiantly said that Ukrainians would not give Russia "a single piece of this land."

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that there had been "positive shifts" in peace talks with Ukraine.

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Smoke rises from a Russian tank destroyed by the Ukrainian forces on the side of a road in Lugansk region on February 26, 2022. Russia is believed to have lost hundreds of tanks and fighting vehicles in Ukraine since it invaded the country on February 24. Anatolii Stepanov