Russian President Vladimir Putin’s display of power and victory may be a sad sight, as he releases a massively depleted army on Monday, May 9, – reduced by 30%
After huge Russian losses, Vladimir Putin’s planned victory parade against Ukraine has been reduced by a third.
Putin’s display of power may turn out to be a very sorry sight when he releases a massively depleted army on Monday, May 9th.
Every year, the parade celebrates victory over Nazi Germany during World War 2.
It has been used by Russian leaders in the past to display their military power –
However, after the huge losses in Ukraine, it is expected that this year will see it reduced by about 35%.
The Russian army may also have to use old equipment from the 1960s.
The latest figures show that at least 600 Russian tanks were destroyed during the invasion.
Ukraine’s staunch defence against Vladimir Putin ’s brutal invasion has resulted in the deaths of 21,800 Russian fighters, it was claimed last month.
As the scale of Russia ’s military losses were laid bare in new figures released by the Ukrainian Land Forces, it emerged that more children were killed in indiscriminate shelling by Putin’s army.
Two teenage girls, aged 5 and 14, were killed when a building in Ocheretynsk in the Donetsk area was struck.
These tragic deaths of 213 children are the result of a conflict that has claimed the lives and limbs of 213 others. This comes just days after a baby aged three months died in Odessa from a rocket attack.
Since Putin’s offensive began on February 24, 389 more children have been severely injured.
Military incompetence and poor preparation are thought to be hampering Russia’s plans.
Troop losses have been put down to poor tactical decisions by Russian leaders and a considerable underestimation of the capabilities of Ukraine ’s armed forces.
In retaliation for the resistance, commanders are targeting civilians as well as Ukrainian bases or weapons depots.
According to the latest statistics, 873 tanks were destroyed along with 2238 armoured vehicle, 179 planes and 408 artillery system.
Russia’s biggest humiliation was suffered when its Black Sea fleet flagship sank after it was hit by two missiles.
On February 24, Russia’s land army consisted of 280,000 full-time active soldiers compared with Ukraine’s 125,600.
But the amount of Russian soldiers needed to seize the whole country and control the entire population would be close to one million, according to Michael Clarke, a visiting professor in King’s College London’s department of war studies.