The Ukrainian military recorded 1,030 Russian army casualties between Monday and Tuesday, which would make those 24 hours of fighting the deadliest yet for Russia’s troops nearly a year into its invasion of Ukraine.
Russia has suffered a total of 133,190 combat losses among its military personnel since it began the conflict on Feb. 24 last year, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated in its new casualty report Tuesday.
In another report from the previous day, the military staff put the figure at 132,160.
Russia’s number of casualties between Monday and Tuesday was the highest daily tally recorded in the war so far, Reuters reported.
Aside from personnel, Russia also lost 14 tanks and 28 armored fighting vehicles (AFV) within the same period.
Russia has now lost a total of 3,245 tanks and 6,443 AFVs in the war, among other pieces of military equipment, the latest data provided by the Ukrainian military showed.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has probably sustained more than 100,000 dead or wounded, Norwegian Army Gen. Eirik Kristoffersen, the head of Norway’s Armed Forces, suggested in an interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV 2.
International Business Times could not independently verify the figures of claimed Russian and Ukrainian losses.
Despite its reported losses, “Russia is actually capable of holding on for a very long time,” Kristoffersen said, according to a machine translation of his interview.
Russia has the ability to produce more things, take out equipment from its warehouses and even mobilize additional troops, he said.
“The most worrying thing is whether Ukraine manages to keep the Russian air force out of the war. We haven’t seen the big efforts from the Russian air force, thanks to the air defense that Ukraine has,” Kristoffersen explained.
Ukraine will need tanks “quickly” if it is to conduct offensive operations against Russia and retake occupied territory, according to the Norwegian general.
Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and North Macedonia have collectively provided Ukraine with hundreds of Soviet-era main battle tanks, data provided by the open-source intelligence initiative Oryx showed.
Ukraine’s other allies have pledged to deliver tanks to Ukraine as well.
Among them were the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, which will provide 31 M1 Abrams, 14 Challenger 2 and 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks, respectively.
A coalition of European nations that includes Germany also announced Tuesday that it would send at least 100 older Leopard 1 main battle tanks to Ukraine in the coming months, the Associated Press reported.