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Ukraine ‘has given Putin bloody nose’ with estimated Russian casualties exceeding 100,000

Ukraine: Retaking of Kherson ‘is critical’ says retired Normal

Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Crawford, who served within the Royal Tank Regiment for 20 years, together with throughout the Gulf Conflict in 1990-91, retired in 1999. Since then he has provided knowledgeable insights on defence points, together with a number of appearances on CNN following the Russian President’s invasion on February 24.

The Ministry of Defence yesterday mentioned Ukraine’s counteroffensive was gathering momentum within the Russian-controlled southern Ukrainian metropolis of Kherson – one thing which was no shock to Lt Col Crawford.

He informed “I mentioned again in March that what I believed would occur was that the struggle would get caught within the Donbas and the Ukrainians would, with Western assist, slowly construct up their weaponry, practice up their troopers and mount a counter-offensive aiming to retake curse in south and threatened the Crimea.

“And that appears to be what’s taking place, though I am barely cautious of it as a result of the Ukrainians have been so open about their intention to assault Kherson and threaten Crimea that I am simply questioning whether or not that is disinformation that they are finishing up, and they are going to do one thing else.

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Volodymyr Zelensky’s Ukraine has given Vladimir Putin’s Russia a bloody nostril, mentioned Lt Col Crawford (Picture: GETTY)


A M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is being fired in Ukraine (Picture: Reuters)

“However I believe the important fact is that the Russians have exhausted their instant navy functionality and are endeavor what we name an operational pause, the place they kind of catch their breath mainly, rearm, retrain, convey recent troops in and so forth.”

Whereas this course of was taking place, Russia was not in a position to do very a lot else, Lt Col Crawford mentioned.

He added: ”On the opposite aspect of the equation, the Ukrainians are getting stronger.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the port of Odessa (Picture: GETTY)

“They have much better weapons programs now because of the USA and Britain and everyone else than that they had firstly of the struggle.

“And naturally, they really have extra manpower that they’ll entry instantly as a result of they’re defending their homeland, so there isn’t any query of individuals saying, ‘Oh, I do not wish to go to Ukraine’ – they’re in there already.

“So I believe the stability has shifted. My private view is I do not assume Ukraine is but robust sufficient to mount what I might name a strategic counter offensive, however it’s now in a position to undertake offensive operations.”

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Ukrainian servicemen hearth an M777 howitzer, within the Kharkiv Area, northeastern Ukraine (Picture: GETTY)


Ukrainian Armed Forces exhibits troopers use HIMARS rocket launchers (Picture: Shutterstock)

Putin had clearly underestimated the resilience of the Ukrainians and their chief, Volodymyr Zelensky, Lt Col Crawford mentioned.

He defined: “It’s positively honest to say Zelensky has given Vladimir Putin a bloody nostril. Putin thought they might roll over inside three days, and he would simply substitute the federal government and they’d change into like Belarus.

“The issue with Putin’s plan is, no person actually is aware of what his plan is aside from him and his shut advisers.

“I believe it has come as a shock. The Russians will not be a silly folks, they’ll adapt. However I believe it got here as a shock to the Russian navy, that they have been as inept as they gave the impression to be within the early phases.”

Ukraine territorial disputes mapped

Ukraine territorial disputes mapped (Picture: Specific)

Additionally this week, members of the US Congress have been informed greater than 75,000 Russian troopers have been killed or wounded within the 5 months since preventing started – and Lt Col Crawford recommended even this is likely to be an underestimate.

He mentioned: “There’s been numerous work finished just lately on the precise casualties in Ukraine, and I believe most individuals would agree that it seems to be like what the Russians have misplaced one thing between 20,000 to 25,000 killed.

“After which the newest data on the ratio between killed and wounded for Russia, is that for each individual killed, three or 4 shall be wounded.”

Such a determine would point out a complete of as many as 125,000 troopers, he identified.

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Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President (Picture: GETTY)

Lt Col Crawford added: “The reality of the matter is, and it is all a bit ghoulish, is that the aim of a bullet is just not designed to kill, it is designed to incapacitate.

“There’s a very area of interest piece of scientific analysis, which works out what number of kilojoules of vitality it must penetrate physique armour and render somebody ineffective.

“They don’t seem to be designed particularly to kill. In the event you knock somebody down you then contain the entire evacuation course of from the battlefield to the regimental support submit to the sphere hospital to civilian hospital, through all of the transport and so forth, and so forth.

“And it simply multiplies the impact whereas, sadly, if somebody will get killed, he is put within the floor.”

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