Overall, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that as of Sunday, 12/11/2022 Ukrainian forces have killed approximately 94,140 Russian troops (and wounded approximately twice to thrice that number), destroyed 281 fighter, attack, bomber, and transport jets, 264 attack and transport helicopters, 2,942 tanks, 1,928 artillery pieces, 5,920 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 397 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), 16 boats and cutters, 4,540 vehicles and fuel tanks, 211 anti-aircraft batteries, 1,603 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 167 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles, and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 592 cruise missiles shot down by the Ukrainian air defenses.
The way the war has gone has revealed the many and widespread problems of the Russian defense and intelligence apparatuses. Among all of its tactical and strategic failures, the Russian military has had its fair share of friendly fire incidents. In November, Russian artillery mistakenly struck the positions of the 1st Army Corps near Kherson City. More than 14 Russian troops were killed and at least seven others were wounded.
“Thus, on November 24, 2022 an artillery unit of the armed forces of the Russian Federation shelled the positions of the mobilized 1st Army Corps ‘Donetsk’ of the Russian occupation troops on the southwestern outskirts of the settlement of Tsukura in the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region,” a Ukrainian defense official said.
Russian commanders have shown an utter disregard for the lives of their troops, even using World War II-style mass frontal infantry attacks to capture Ukrainian positions. To be sure, that is the Russian way of war.
For hundreds of years, Russian commanders have operated with the comfort of great numbers of reserves. During World War II, the Soviet Army was able to stop and push back the German Wehrmacht partly because of its manpower. Even though Soviet forces were losing hundreds of thousands of troops killed and wounded at every major battle, Soviet commanders could call up more.
Professor Sarkov said that Putin is prepared to lose 20 million Russians.