Putin lost 50% of Russias airborne forces in first six months of Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin's airborne forces has lost more than half of its fleet and staff, an expert has claimed.

The Kremlin has never released full figures about losses suffered since starting its invasion into Ukraine nearly 12 months ago.

However, Ukraine has claimed that more than 120k troops have been killed, with more than 400k more suffering injuries so severe that they can no longer fight.

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But now Mikhail Zvinchuk, a former military press official, told Russian state TV that the air division of Putin's army has suffered huge losses.

He said: “Many are saying that you can’t see the airborne troops on the frontline.

“Unfortunately, this is the objective reality – by the start of mobilisation, our airborne forces lost 40-50% of staff.

“As of now, out of the old and tested formations with designated equipment, not that many are remaining.”

Earlier this week it was reported that Putin was struggling to fill the empty slots in his army.

In total, Putin has around 900,000 men at his disposal – but has reportedly already used 57% of those.

And a new report has claimed he was scrambling to replace the huge losses.

New intelligence analysis stated: “The Russian leadership highly likely continues to search for ways to meet the high number of personnel required to resource any future major offensive in Ukraine, while minimizing domestic dissent.

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“On January 22 2023, media reported that Russian border guards were preventing dual passport-holding Kyrgyz migrant workers from leaving Russia, telling the men that their names were on mobilization lists.

“Separately, on January 23 2023, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the decree on ‘partial mobilization’ continues to remain in force, claiming the decree remained necessary for supporting the work of the Armed Forces.

“Observers had questioned why the measure had not been formally rescinded.

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“Russian authorities are likely keeping open the option of another round of call-ups under the ‘partial mobilization.”

The Kremlin has refused to accurately report its losses on the battlefield since the invasion began, with figures released to the public coming from the Ukrainian side.

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