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Decisive Losses: Russia's Diminished Ground Forces and the Impact on Ukraine Conflict





Russia's Drastic Troop Reductions Amid Ukraine Invasion

In a striking revelation, a declassified U.S. intelligence report, as reported by American media, indicates that Russia has suffered massive losses in its active-duty ground troops since the onset of its invasion of Ukraine. Nearly 90 percent of these forces have been either killed or injured, representing a significant depletion of Russian military strength.

This report emerges as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Washington, appealing to U.S. lawmakers for increased military aid.

Staggering Losses and Recruitment Challenges

According to Reuters, which cites a source familiar with the intelligence, Russia commenced its full-scale invasion in February 2022 with approximately 360,000 personnel. Since then, an estimated 315,000 troops, or about 87 percent of the original force, have been rendered combat-ineffective. This drastic reduction is attributed to lowered recruitment standards for deployment in Ukraine.

Faced with these unprecedented losses, Russia has resorted to extreme measures to maintain its combat capability, including a partial mobilization of 300,000 personnel and recruitment from non-traditional sources such as convicts and older civilians.

Putin's Determined Stance and Biden's Warning

Despite these significant losses, Russian President Vladimir Putin remains resolute in continuing the conflict, which is nearing its second anniversary. Concurrently, U.S. President Joe Biden has cautioned American legislators against conceding victory to Russia, reiterating U.S. support for Ukraine.

The U.S. has already provided over $100 billion in aid to Ukraine. However, there is growing skepticism among Republicans regarding further assistance. Senator JD Vance, for instance, has questioned the efficacy of additional funding, suggesting a possible need for Ukraine to cede territory to end the invasion.

Debate Over U.S. Aid and Russian Equipment Losses

Amidst these developments, the U.S. Senate Republicans have stalled a bill concerning aid to Ukraine and Israel due to an immigration dispute. The bill includes Biden's proposed $106 billion emergency spending package, with $61 billion allocated for Ukraine's military funds.

Furthermore, the Russian army has reportedly lost two-thirds of its pre-invasion tanks, resorting to Soviet-era equipment to compensate. The conflict has significantly set back Russian efforts to modernize its ground forces, as evidenced by their reliance on outdated T62 tanks.

Long-Term Implications and Disputed Casualty Figures

This intelligence suggests that Russia expects a prolonged military deadlock, hoping it will weaken Western support for Ukraine and ultimately tilt the advantage in Russia's favor. However, the accuracy of these figures remains uncertain, as neither Russia nor Ukraine has released official casualty data, and Russian officials have previously dismissed Western estimates as exaggerated.

So, What Does This Mean?

The reported drastic reduction in Russia's ground forces marks a significant turning point in the Ukraine conflict. This loss not only diminishes Russia's immediate military capabilities but also reflects the broader challenges facing its armed forces, including recruitment and equipment shortages.

The ongoing debate in the U.S. regarding further aid to Ukraine underscores the complex dynamics of international support and its strategic implications. As global powers navigate these challenges, the future of the conflict and its resolution remain uncertain, with broader geopolitical consequences.

In essence, these developments highlight the intertwining of military capability, political will, and international diplomacy, shaping the course of the Ukraine conflict and its impact on global stability.


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Unknown member
Dec 17, 2023

Why am I listed as an unknown member? I stand strong for Ukraine and I am a proud supporter. If I were younger and in better health. I would be there fighting with them. Slava Ukraine and burry all the Orcs. I have been in combat as well as working to stop the far right groups. I do not hide or fear them.

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Unknown member
Dec 14, 2023

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Unknown member
Dec 14, 2023

You’ve been published on NewSunflowers. You have a field commission to colonel. Well done. Gum all around!😎

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Unknown member
Dec 14, 2023

I'd love to see what the Ukraine could do with those F16s, gain air superiority and it would be lights out.

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Unknown member
Dec 13, 2023

The Magna Republicans are the Party of Putin and Trump. Evict them and make Americans priority number one by aiding the Ukrainian military and saving American lives and America from becoming a government like Putin's.

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Unknown member
Dec 14, 2023
Replying to

It is even more worse: Trump has announced to follow the same playbook as the NSDAP in Germany when they get the power in 1933:

He wants to imprison every American who is against him.


So either the US voters elect someone else.

Or they have to hope that Canada and Mexico allow them to flee into their country.

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