Frustrated Vladimir Putin has lost more than 105,000 soldiers and an eye-watering number of vehicles as his calamitous war continues to falter. The tyrant unleashed his troops into Ukraine on February 24, and since then he has seen an average of 30 tanks and armoured trucks destroyed each day by defenders.
Ukraine has been humiliating Putin by wiping out much of Russia’s war machine and recapturing territory- with the landscape littered with burnt-out remains of Russian tanks.
Grim figures from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence show Russia has suffered untold setbacks with thousands of vehicles blown up.
At least 105,960 Russian soldiers have been killed, while 3,029 tanks and 6,075 armoured trucks have been ruined, according to statistics.
On top of that, Putin is understood to have lost 16 warships and boats, 552 planes and helicopters, and 711 missiles.
The ministry also claims 4,707 vehicles and fuel tanks, 180 pieces of special equipment and 2,016 artillery systems have been blown apart.
As the Russian death toll in Ukraine has surpassed the grim tally of 100,000, experts believe Putin’s regime could collapse in the next year as his own circle turn on him.
US-based Russia expert Olga Lautman from the Center for European Policy Analysis told The Sun that the overthrowal of the Putin regime is most likely to come from within, rather than from an organic movement of ordinary people.
And she said that the many conspiracies about Putin’s ill health could have been released by his potential successors in a bid to undermine his regime.
As rumours swirl about Putin’s health, Volodymyr Zelensky’s forces are still pushing back against Putin’s cruel campaign.
This week footage emerged of a Ukrainian kamikaze drone smashing into a Russian tank.
Drones have been a highly effective weapon for Kyiv’s troops in their battle against Putin’s forces and have been put to devastating use against armoured vehicles.
Ukraine was sent deadly “kamikaze” Switchblade drones which can hover over a Russian tank for 40 minutes before striking at 185 kmh by the United States.
Another point of view video showed the remarkable moment a Russian tank erupted into a fireball after a Ukrainian kamikaze drone.
The footage obtained from the Special Operations Forces of Ukraine shows the crew of the tank blasted as they were said to have been sitting on the top boozing.
Meanwhile, a drone was used to blitz a Russian base while other dramatic footage showed the moment Russian tanks were obliterated after they were spotted hiding in back gardens.
And a further incredible clip showed a Russian tank being “vaporised” after three Ukrainian grenades ignited the ammo on board – creating a mega-blast.
It comes as Putin used his traditional New Year’s address to lash out while coughing and spluttering between words.
He accused the West of using Ukraine as a tool to destroy his country as he insisted Russia was fighting to protect its “motherland” and to secure “true independence” for its people.
In a nine-minute message – the longest New Year’s message of his two-decade rule – Putin accused the West of lying to Russia and of provoking Moscow to launch what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
He said: “For years, Western elites hypocritically assured us of their peaceful intentions.
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