Russia loses nearly £1bn of military gear in Ukraines three-week offensive

Russia's failed war in Ukraine has cost the country around £1 billion in weapons in just three weeks.

Over the last 72 hours, Russia has been pushed back in Ukraine almost right to where it was in 2014 – with Ukraine even sending troops back into the Donbass region.

As part of a Ukrainian strategic move, the country has regained most of its lost territory, which means Russia has spent six months or so invading the country and coming away with almost nothing.

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In fact, it has lost more than it gained.

Vladyslav Abdula, a spokesman for the Ukrainian security services said: “Under the pressure of Ukrainian warriors, the Russian occupiers are fleeing and leaving behind entire arsenals.

“We know what to do with them and will definitely use them as intended – against the enemies.

“Russian forces are not conducting a controlled withdrawal and are hurriedly fleeing southeastern Kharkiv Oblast to escape encirclement around Izyum.”

And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been getting in on the act.

Rubbing salt into Russian wounds, he said: "We take trophies and use them to protect Ukraine. Today, Russian troops are, in fact, one of the suppliers of equipment to our army.”

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There was talk last night (Monday, September 12) of many leaders of Russia's town and city councils actually turning against despotic leader Vladimir Putin's invasion and calling for him to leave his post as Prime Minister.

According to several sources, Russia has, in just the last few days, lost around £100m worth of tanks, around £70m worth of artillery equipment and a hefty stack of military drones worth about £3.5m.

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In another blow to Putin, Ukrainian media claimed earlier this week that a man "likely" to be Andrei Sychevoi, a Lieutenant General was thought to be the most senior Russian officer to be captured since World War II.

Images circulated on both Twitter and Telegram show Sychevoi among a group of Russian troops handcuffed on their knees and being interrogated by Ukrainian soldiers.

The man was bleeding from a cut on his eyebrow and refused to answer questions from the troops.

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