Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been a boondoggle, to put it lightly, and experts now believe that the Russia army has lost an astounding amount of its firepower.
There have been some signs of trouble for weeks now, with the Kremlin deploying highly advanced weaponry in less-than-efficient attacks, belying the lack of available munitions, and a number of high profile instances of Ukraine retaking cities that were once held by the invading hordes.
The latest estimate of Russia’s losses is quite simply astonishing.
Russia has probably lost around a third of the ground forces it deployed to Ukraine and its offensive in the Donbas region “has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule”, British military intelligence said.
“Despite small-scale initial advances, Russia has failed to achieve substantial territorial gains over the past month whilst sustaining consistently high levels of attrition,” the British defence ministry said on Twitter.
“Russia has now likely suffered losses of one third of the ground combat force it committed in February.”Advertisement - story continues below
It said Russia was unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days.
And while this may appear to be positive news for Ukraine, the Russians have increased the depravity of their warfare as they’ve suffered such losses, growing more barbaric by the moment.