TechRussian military suffers massive tank losses in Avdiivka, outpacing Ukrainian counterpart

Russian military suffers massive tank losses in Avdiivka, outpacing Ukrainian counterpart

War in Ukraine - overview picture
War in Ukraine - overview picture
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6:26 AM EST, February 14, 2024

The Avdiivka region, a focal point on the Ukrainian map for several months, has seen hundreds of tons of equipment destroyed. However, losses on the Ukrainian side are significantly less than those suffered by the Russians. Back in January, Forbes reported that the Russians, who had already lost 143 tanks, were expected to see this figure rise. This was due to the anticipated deployment of an additional Russian tank regiment in the region, which would increase the number of tanks at risk.

Indeed, this prediction came to pass; the latest estimate of Russian losses is at least 222 tanks destroyed since last October. The Ukrainians during this same period lost about 20 such machines. It is worth noting that Forbes previously highlighted that the aggressor's equipment would be destroyed not only by Ukrainian drones and artillery but also by extensive minefields.

Remember that, among other factors, the American M2 Bradley combat vehicles have been instrumental in the large number of losses on the Russian side. Equipped with a 25 mm M242 Bushmaster cannon, these vehicles have proven their ability to stand up to the Russian Federation's powerful T-90M Breakthrough tanks. The T-90M Breakthrough tanks are armored monstrosities, fitted with a 125 mm caliber smoothbore 2A46M-5 cannon, made for firing modern APFSDS missiles, and they also feature reactive armor and an optoelectronic Sosna-U system.

The Russians are also losing their T-72 tanks in Avdiivka. These popular machines, which entered service back in the 70s of the last century, are available to the aggressor's army. They come equipped with a 2A46M cannon of 125 mm caliber and two additional 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm caliber machine guns.

On the frontline against the Ukrainians, the Russians also deploy T-80s, which, alongside the T-90M, are considered the most advanced serially produced models. A key feature of the T-80s is their gas turbine, which powers the tank and enables, among other capabilities, quick acceleration.

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