WSJ: Russian army suffered fivefold losses compared to AFU in Zaporizhzhia direction
Since the start of the counteroffensive, Ukraine has destroyed 177 Russian artillery pieces, including multiple launch rocket systems. Zaporizhzhia direction, which became the center of the counteroffensive, made Russia lose 92 cannons, while Ukraine lost 19 artillery pieces.
This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing data from the independent group WarSpotting, which tracks losses during the war. This result indicates that Ukraine has honed its system for detecting and destroying Russian artillery, giving its armed forces an important advantage as they try to advance and retake the occupied territories.
Ukraine has gained the upper hand due to the superior accuracy of its artillery, made possible by the use of Western equipment and Ukrainian ingenuity. According to soldiers on the front lines, this allowed Ukrainian forces to establish a partisan advantage in an area where Russia had previously held the upper hand. At the same time, according to the military, Russia is also getting better at using drones to control its heavy artillery pieces.
"This is one of the key tactical competitions," said defense analyst Michael Coffman, "and since war is largely fought through the effective use of artillery, this is one of the major battles that is unfolding.
According to the publication, the progress of either side depends on whether it can silence or at least muffle enemy weapons so that infantry and equipment can advance.
At the same time, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, about 70% of Ukrainian combat casualties are the result of artillery strikes. Therefore, the destruction of Russian equipment on the battlefield saves Ukrainian lives.
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, the Russian occupation army is trying to encircle Avdiivka. To do this, the enemy is throwing a huge amount of manpower and equipment into the battle. However, Ukrainian soldiers are holding the line and inflicting significant losses on the Russians.
The command of the Russian occupation army still hopes for success in the Avdiivka direction. On October 20, Russian troops continued their offensive and had partial success.