Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost a sizable number of tanks — at least 2,600 — but sources indicate that this isn't stopping Russia from moving forward.
Russia's armored vehicle production rate is enough to sustain its aggressive initiatives for the foreseeable future, notwithstanding these losses. In addition to the battle tanks that have been lost, 4,900 other vehicles have also been lost by the invading forces, according to UK intelligence.
The intelligence report reveals a noteworthy development—a change in Russia's military approach. By 2023, the nation's armor losses from the first year of the war had dropped by 40%, which was explained by a shift from an aggressive to a defensive posture.
But Russia changed its ways once more in October 2023, which resulted in higher attrition rates.
According to the report, "During this period, Russian Armed vehicle losses have increased, and the RGF have likely lost up to 365 MBTs (main battle tanks) and 700 ACVs (amphibious battle vehicles), but only achieved minor territorial gains."
The data indicates that Russia can produce at least 100 MBTs per month in spite of these obstacles, enabling them to replenish losses on the battlefield and continue their offensive operations.
Eight months after Russia's scaled-back Victory Day, when observers saw a single World War II tank, the UK's assessment has fueled speculation about the regime's desperate search for available tanks.
The presence of unusual "Frankenstein Tanks" on the battlefield, which are vehicles with naval guns mounted on tracked bodies and may indicate a supply shortfall, further reinforced this view.
The devastation of Russian armor has been a common occurrence in the almost two-year-long conflict. When Russia first began mass-deploying T72 tanks, it had difficulties because Ukraine swiftly adjusted and started using strategies like detonating explosives within tank hatches. This procedure caused explosions inside the small tanks, causing significant damage.
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Though some of the T72's weaknesses were fixed in the T90's later version, occurrences like the one Knewz.com reported were not prevented by technological developments.
A lesser-class vehicle, an armored Bradley vehicle produced in the United States, is said to have disabled a T90 with 25mm rounds. When the Bradley opened fire while the T90 was traveling along a road, it crashed into a tree, forcing the crew to evacuate the vehicle. Then, much like its forerunners, a drone brought the T90 to its demise.
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