Russia withdraws from Kharkiv amid Russian losses

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It has been widely reported that the Russian army is withdrawing from the Kharkiv region. This marks another setback similar to Russian forces retreating from Ukraine’s capital city Kyiv in April. And Ukraine continues to update data regarding Russian losses.

Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second-largest city. And it is also the location of a large military base.

UK officials cited an “inability to capture key Ukrainian cities” and “heavy losses” as the reason for the withdrawal of Russian forces.

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As well as destroying Russian military equipment, Ukraine is working to refurbish a number of tanks that are being made operational to be used against the invaders.

This week most of the Russian losses took place on the Sloviansk and Bakhmutsky fronts.

Each time Russian forces retreat from areas numbers of civilian deaths are being reported. When the military is not having success defeating Ukraine military, they seem to be taking it out on the civilian population. And unarmed civilians are dying.

Russian losses by the numbers

Combat losses of the Russian forces in Ukraine from February 24th through May 14th are being estimated by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In some cases, they have drone video images to back up the numbers.

A running total of Russian losses is aggregated daily.  This data is partially validated by other sources but cannot be completely verified. And daily additions are reflected in parenthesis. 

For example, on the chart below Russian forces are estimated to have lost 1,218 tanks by May 14th. And (+13) were destroyed or captured since the last update.

  •     Russian Personnel-soldiers killed or captured – about 27,200 (+300)
  •     Tanks – 1218 (+13)
  •     Armored combat vehicles – 2934 (+34) 
  •     Artillery systems – 551 (+9) 
  •     MLRS – 195 (+2) 
  •     Anti-aircraft systems- 88 (+0) 
  •     Aircraft – 200 (+0) 
  •     Helicopters – 163 (+1) 
  •     Operational and tactical level UAVs – 411 (+6)
  •      Cruise missiles – 95 (+0)
  •     Ships/boats – 13 (+) units
  •     Motor vehicles and tankers – 2059 (+17)
  •     Special equipment – 42 (+1)