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A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands beside a destroyed Russian T-72B tank, 11 April 2022 (Picture: Armed Forces of Ukraine).
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In numbers: UK's intelligence on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The UK Defence Secretary's update to MPs included the latest estimate of Russian losses.

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A member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands beside a destroyed Russian T-72B tank, 11 April 2022 (Picture: Armed Forces of Ukraine).

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has updated MPs with the Government's assessment of the situation in Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Mr Wallace outlined British estimates of Russian soldiers killed, and losses of military hardware on land and in the air. 

While answering questions, Mr Wallace described the performance of Russian forces as "woeful", adding: "I don't celebrate the loss of anyone's life and when I see the huge casualty rates of Russian soldiers, as a former soldier I think it is a disgrace, a betrayal of those young men."

Watch: Ukraine – the hardware each country is sending.

In numbers: Russia's losses in Ukraine

Troops

  • The UK believes that about 15,000 Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine.
  • Of the 120 battalion tactical groups deployed by Russia at the beginning of the war, 25% are now "not combat effective".

Armoured vehicles 

  • Ben Wallace said that 2,000 armoured vehicles have been destroyed or captured since the war began at the end of February.
  • The number includes 530 tanks, 530 armoured personnel carriers and 560 infantry fighting vehicles.

Air

  • According to the UK's intelligence, 60 helicopters and fighter jets have been destroyed since the war began.
Ben Wallace provided an update on the losses sustained by Russia in Ukraine as well as an overview of the equipment Britain has sent to the country since the war began (Picture: Alamy/Uwe Deffner).

What has the UK sent to Ukraine?

While addressing MPs, the Defence Secretary outlined the lethal and non-lethal aid Britain has supplied to Ukraine.

Lethal aid

  • Starstreak high-velocity and low-velocity anti-air missiles.
  • NLAW anti-tank weapons and Javelin.
  • The Defence Secretary also announced that the UK will be sending a small number of Stormer armoured vehicles fitted with anti-air missile launchers.

Non-lethal aid

  • 90,000 ration packs.
  • 10 pallets of medical equipment.
  • 3,000 pieces of body armour.
  • 77,000 helmets.
  • 3,000 pairs of combat boots.
  • Ear defenders and communications equipment.