A Ukrainian tank near Kupiansk
The MOD's update comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country's military had recaptured three more villages in the Kherson region (Picture: CTK/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Ukraine: Captured Russian equipment makes up large proportion of Ukraine's weapons

A Ukrainian tank near Kupiansk
The MOD's update comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country's military had recaptured three more villages in the Kherson region (Picture: CTK/Alamy Stock Photo).

A large proportion of Ukraine's military hardware is made up of captured and re-purposed Russian equipment, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has said 

In an update posted on Twitter, the MOD said Ukraine has "likely captured at least 440 Russian Main Battle Tanks, and around 650 other armoured vehicles since the invasion".

"Over half of Ukraine's currently fielded tank fleet potentially consists of captured vehicles," the MOD said.

"The failure of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low levels of battle discipline.

"With Russian formations under severe strain in several sectors and increasingly demoralised troops, Russia will likely continue to lose heavy weaponry."

It comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the country's military had recaptured three more villages in the Kherson region "in humiliating battlefield defeats for Russian forces".

Watch: Russian troops seen in video reportedly surrendering from tank in Kherson.  

Novovoskrysenske, Novohryhorivka, and Petropavlivka are all situated north-east of Kherson.

The deputy head of the Ukrainian regional government, Yurii Sobolevskyi, said military hospitals are full of wounded Russian soldiers and that Russian military medics lack supplies.

Once they are recovered, Russian soldiers are being sent to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

When Russian troops pulled back from the Donetsk city of Lyman over the weekend, they retreated so rapidly that they left behind the bodies of their comrades.

Watch: Ukraine will have to take the fight to the Russians if they are to win, urban warfare expert says.

Some were still lying by the side of the road leading into the city on Wednesday.

In his nightly address, a defiant President Zelensky switched to speaking Russian to tell the Moscow leadership that it has already lost the war that it launched on February 24.

"You have lost because even now, on the 224th day of full-scale war, you have to explain to your society why this is all necessary," he said.

He said Ukrainians know what they are fighting for.

"And more and more citizens of Russia are realising that they must die simply because one person does not want to end the war."

On Wednesday, residential buildings in Ukraine's southern city of Zaporizhzhia were reportedly hit by seven Russian rockets.

Two people were killed and at least five were trapped in the city close to Europe's biggest nuclear power plant, the governor of the mostly Russian-occupied region said.