Losing 1,000 tanks
Some of you following the conflict might remember that the Pentagon cited this number back in the month of May. Those were estimates made by Pentagon back then, and we do not have a revised estimate from the department post that. Considering that the conflict is still ongoing and there isn’t an independent source that can verify these numbers, we need to take them with a pinch of salt.
If you would ask the Russian side for an estimate, you would get a lower number, while the Ukrainians will definitely put the number higher. There are multiple open-source intelligence analysts who are working to get data as close to reality as possible, and Oryx Blog is one of them.
On their site, you can expect to find not only the numbers of military equipment that have been destroyed, abandoned, or captured but also photographic evidence for each unit listed. The site has details classified into categories such as tanks, fight vehicles, artillery, armored personnel carriers, guns, rocket launchers, drones, helicopters, radars and communication systems, and much more.
According to the site, 1,008 tanks have been lost so far, of which 627 have been destroyed, 42 damaged, 51 abandoned, and 288 captured. This also includes a T-90 M tank, Russia’s newest and most advanced tank that was deployed for a mere couple of weeks before being destroyed by Ukrainian troops.
What does it mean for Russia?
In the early days of the conflict, we reported how Russia seemed to be losing a lot of tanks in the conflict. This was attributed to a few factors, such as poor upkeep of these fighting machines, which largely hailed from the Soviet era, the lack of infantry and air support as well as the Ukrainian defense that was empowered by the munitions and drones supplied by the West.