Support our war crimes investigations unit Support
Skip to content

News Feed

Want to partner with the Kyiv Independent?
Contact the Tellers Agency to connect your brand with independent media.
Ukraine Daily
News from
Ukraine in your
7:31 PM
Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of Russia's Belgorod region, claimed on June 9 that a drone crashed into an office building and caught fire in the city of Belgorod. Later the same day, Russia's Kursk region Governor Roman Starovoyt reported a drone crash near an oil depot in the regional capital.
6:17 PM
Ukrainian troops have advanced up to 1,200 meters in some areas in the Bakhmut direction, Serhii Cherevaty, the spokesperson for the eastern command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said on June 9.

watch us on facebook

Edit post

Pentagon: Russia likely lost about half of its battle tanks in Ukraine

by The Kyiv Independent news desk February 11, 2023 3:27 PM 1 min read
This audio is created with AI assistance

Russia has lost nearly half of its battle tanks since the start of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to Celeste Wallander, the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs at the Pentagon.

The capabilities of the Russian army, especially the ground forces, have significantly deteriorated, Wallander said on Feb. 10. According to the official, about 80% of Russia's ground forces capabilities are now dedicated to the war.

According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russia had lost  3,267 tanks since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24.

Wallander said that Russia's naval capabilities are in better shape while some gaps, such as drone supplies, are filled with the help of Iran.

Russia is not only weakening but also learning to adapt, applying lessons learned from previous losses and failures, especially around Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, she said.

According to Wallander, it's hard to predict how the war will end but the Pentagon is certain that Russia will not reach its strategic and operational goals, while Ukraine will succeed in defending its territories.

Our readers’ questions about the war, answered
Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

Editors' Picks

Support us

Enter your email to subscribe

Please, enter correct email address


* indicates required
* indicates required


* indicates required
* indicates required


* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.