According to Russian commander Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok brigade, former security minister, and separatist leader in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Russia is currently unable to defeat Ukraine militarily.
This reported FOCUS online. Khodakovsky, a native of Ukraine who switched sides in 2014 and founded the pro-Russian Vostok Battalion, argued for a ceasefire. He reasoned that both Russia and Ukraine were making slow progress, with significant casualties.
Unimaginable losses for Russia in the Ukraine conflict! Yesterday alone 460 soldiers were killed. Russia also recorded high material losses.
According to reports of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, published by the “The Kyiv Independent” are quoted as saying, Russia has suffered significant losses since launching its invasion of Ukraine on February 24 of the previous year. Ukraine claims Russia has lost a total of 300,470 soldiers, with 460 casualties on the last day alone.
Furthermore, The Kyiv Independent states that according to these sources, Russia has also lost considerable war materiel: including 5,346 tanks, 10,435 armored combat vehicles, 7,245 artillery systems and 351 various aircraft, 345 helicopters as well as 10,100 drones. The exact extent of these losses shows how intense the conflict in the region is.
It remains unclear how these figures can be confirmed by independent sources, but they were clearly highlighted in The Kyiv Independent.
The commander stressed that Ukraine should recognize the territories currently occupied by Russia and place them under Russian guardianship. Khodakovsky believes that the current undecided situation is especially detrimental to Ukraine, according to FOCUS online.
In addition, statements by a U.S. think tank indicated that the Russian armed forces’ confidence in their defense capabilities had declined. Khodakovsky has been critical of Russian defense lines in the past, FOCUS online explained.
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