We wrote about the numbers of Russian tanks back in December 2022. That blog post is here:
Since then several things have happened:
1. The Russian spring offensive began with attacks in southeast Ukraine and the continuing assault into the Bahkmut meat grinder where the Russians take seven KIAs for every one KIA for the Ukrainians.
This is the essence of a meat grinder.
2. The Russians — even elite units — and the mercenary Wagner Group — powered by criminals — have made small progress, but appear to have taken a “tactical respite” for a couple of weeks.
The Ukrainians are doggedly defending and buying time for their own Spring/Summer dry land offensive.
3. The US/NATO/West has promised Ukraine modern main battle tanks — Abrams M1A1, Crusaders 2s, Leopard IIs and others.
Deliveries are now happening.
4. The Russian tank situation has gotten worse from the perspective of raw numbers, tank crew training, and opposition. Continue reading