Russia loses 28,300 fighters in just 84 days in Ukraine as 400 die in 24 hours

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his forces have now lost a combined total of around 28,300 soldiers during the Ukraine invasion.

Putin's original plans to take over Ukraine in just 72 hours failed miserably, and the war has now stretched to 85 days.

And on day 84, he lost 400 soldiers, according to Ukraine's military spokesman.

The same day also saw losses of 16 tanks, 34 armoured trucks, one anti-aircraft warfare system, eight artillery systems and five missiles.

They also lost 28 other assorted vehicles and fuel tanks, too.

The failure to take control of Ukraine – coupled with bigger and bigger daily losses – has now seen the despotic leader take control of the army himself.

According to source in the country, he has now elevated himself to the role of “colonel or brigadier”.

The power-mad Russian president is determining the movement of forces in the Donbas, they added, and sources say that Putin is still closely working with General Valery Gerasimov.

Just last week, reports from Ukrainian sources suggested that Putin had sidelined his close ally, but other western powers believe Gerasimov is just as important as ever.

A military source speaking on the Ukraine conflict said: "We think Putin and Gerasimov are involved in tactical decision making at a level we would normally expect to be taken by a colonel or a brigadier."

No further detail was given by the anonymous source, although it is implied that Putin's close personal involvement is based on intelligence currently received by western powers.

Land warfare expert at the International Institute of Strategic Studies Ben Barry has said Putin should "have better things to do" than make changes to tactics or plan out military drills in Ukraine.

Barry, a former brigadier in the British army, said: "A head of government should have better things to do than make military decisions. They should be setting the political strategy rather than getting bogged down in day to day activity."

Recent military failures for Russia have been branded as incompetent by Russian military bloggers, with the failed attempt to cross the Siverskyi Donets river heavily criticised.

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