New estimates provided by the UK government have shed light on the extensive losses suffered by Russian military forces in Ukraine since February 2022.
The figures, disclosed in response to queries from John Healey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, outline a significant toll on Russian military capabilities.
British Estimates at a Glance:
- Approximately 302,000 Russian military personnel killed or wounded.
- Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have deserted.
- Over 7,117 Russian armoured vehicles destroyed.
- Nearly 2,475 main battle tanks lost.
- 93 fixed-wing aircraft downed.
- 132 helicopters destroyed.
- 320 unmanned aerial vehicles lost.
- 16 naval vessels of all classes sunk or damaged.
- Over 1,300 artillery systems of all types destroyed.
In response to Healey’s enquiry about the Russian military personnel losses, James Heappey, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, provided a stark assessment, stating, “We estimate that approximately 302,000 Russian military personnel have been killed or wounded, and tens of thousands more have already deserted since the start of the conflict.”
Healey also raised questions regarding the casualties among Russian private military companies (PMCs) involved in the conflict. Heappey noted the difficulty in obtaining accurate figures for PMC casualties, saying, “The number of personnel killed serving in Russian private military companies (PMCs) is not clear. Russia have utilised several PMCs and volunteer units in Ukraine to augment Russian military forces, but the deaths of personnel from these organisations are not reflected in Russian official military death tolls.”
Additionally, Healey sought details on the destruction of Russian military equipment.
In response, Heappey provided comprehensive figures, revealing, “We also estimate that over 7,117 Russian armoured vehicles, including nearly 2,475 main battle tanks, 93 fixed wing aircraft, 132 helicopters, 320 unmanned aerial vehicles, 16 naval vessels of all classes, and over 1,300 artillery systems of all types have been destroyed since the start of the conflict.”