Amid the advancing hostilities in Ukraine, an alarming report has emerged revealing the loss of a significant number of Russian tanks.
According to a recently released report by the Oryx intelligence organization on May 29, the number of destroyed and visually damaged Russian tanks has reached a staggering 2,000 units.
Based on photographic and video evidence, this report offers an accurate, albeit conservative, representation of the material losses suffered by Moscow in this conflict.
An alarming number of tanks were lost.
The report details the scale of the situation, estimating that approximately 1,239 tanks have been destroyed, 106 damaged, 113 abandoned, and 544 captured by Ukrainian troops during the fighting.
Images of severed turrets and charred remains of Russian tanks have undermined the image of invincibility the Russian army once held on the battlefield.
Vulnerability of Russian tanks
Experts in the field have claimed that Russian tanks are extremely vulnerable on modern battlefields due to the threat posed by anti-tank missiles, drones and Ukrainian artillery. These elements have put Russian tank crews, who face a number of challenges in this conflict, at grave risk.
Tank losses in Ukraine
According to a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) report, Russia has lost between 1,845 and 3,511 tanks in Ukraine. These losses include a significant number of its main battle tank, the T-72B3. It is worrying to note that unprecedented tank losses have forced the Russian military to retire Soviet-era tanks.
Visual images have revealed that tanks over 70 years old, such as the T-54 and T-55, have been deployed to the front after being retired. This situation represents a significant setback for the Russian army, which has lost most of its tanks to the Ukrainian response.
Vulnerability and debilitating factors
The vulnerability of Russian tanks is attributed as much to their design and structure in the context of modern combat as to Russia’s political and military leadership. Several experts have pointed to the continued failures in battlefield strategies as a major factor contributing to the weakening of Russian armored units.
Reasons behind tank losses
The expert community has debated how Russia has managed to lose so many tanks in this conflict. Russian overconfidence is believed by many to have been a determining factor in tank losses, especially during the failed offensive into Kyiv, where large numbers of tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed on routes north of the city. As a result, many of these tanks were captured by Ukrainian forces.
Some initial tank losses were attributed to weather conditions limiting tank movement on Ukrainian terrain. These adverse conditions made operations difficult and further exposed the vulnerability of the Russian tanks.
Effectiveness of the Ukrainian military response
The effectiveness of the Ukrainian military response has been highlighted in this conflict. Anti-tank missiles, such as the US-supplied Javelin, have proven especially effective in neutralizing Russian tanks.
In addition, Ukrainian air superiority and the use of drones have allowed Ukrainian forces to detect and attack Russian tanks more accurately and quickly. Ukrainian artillery has also played a significant role in wearing down Russian tanks, destroying many of them before they could get close enough to attack.