According to the Ukrainian military, Russia lost hundreds of soldiers and 16 armored personnel carriers in a single day.
Ukraine’s General Staff of Armed Forces has published its latest update on Russian casualties on Facebook, stating that around 200 Russian soldiers have been killed in Kherson Oblast.
It added that troops around Fedorivka and Kakhovsky districts in the southern Ukrainian region were “eliminated” on Friday.
The update said that 115 Russian troops were wounded in Zaporizhia Oblast and that Ukrainian forces had destroyed five units of Russian military equipment, including a missile defense complex and an ammunition depot.
Overall, Ukrainian forces said on Saturday that Russia’s death toll over the past 24 hours was 710, bringing the total to 105,960 since the invasion began on February 24, although Russian and Western estimates are much lower.
Ukraine also said it had destroyed 16 Russian infantry fighting vehicles and three tanks, with Russia now losing 6,075 and 3,029 pieces of equipment, respectively.
Kyiv said Russian shelling and airstrikes continued, while there have also been other attacks by MLRS missile systems, including in the city of Kherson, the capital of the eponymous region, which was recently recaptured by Ukrainian forces.
“The enemy continues mortar and artillery shelling of populated areas along the right bank of the Dnieper,” the update added.
“Do you want to die next year?”
It comes as Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Russia is preparing a new mobilization order and will close its border within a week. In a video message in Russian, Reznikov said that in Belarus too, the borders were being closed and city dwellers were at risk of being called up for combat.
“Today you are thinking about how to decorate your festive table,” he said, referring to the holiday season, which includes New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations, “but under the chiming clock you might not hear a knock at the door.”
“It will be the military officer who knocks,” he said, as he appealed to Russians to oppose the conscription and the country’s leadership that instigated the war. He added that “as the war drags on, your personal chances of dying increase” because the next phase of mobilization will be followed by more.
Responding to the strength of the Ukrainian resistance, Reznikov asked: “Answer yourself honestly, do you want to die next year or lose your arms and legs so someone else doesn’t go to prison?”
The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, told the BBC that the new wave of mobilizations would start on January 5, as he described that fighting in Ukraine was at an impasse and neither side was able to make any meaningful progress.
“We can’t defeat them comprehensively in all directions,” he said, while echoing Kiev’s call for more Western weapons, “nor can they.”
news week has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/russia-loses-16-armored-vehicles-hundreds-troops-day-ukraine-1770536 Russia loses 16 armored vehicles, hundreds of troops in one day: Ukraine