​Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War

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A ruined tank left behind by Russian troops at Hostomel airport
A ruined tank left behind by Russian troops at Hostomel airport

The ranking counts only the destroyed or captured vehicles documented by photo and video evidence

The amount of armored vehicles and other heavy equipment lost by Russian invading forces in Ukraine has been ever increasing from day the Russian invasion began.

According to Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff, the enemy had lost 684 tanks and 1,862 armored fighting vehicles as of the morning April 6.

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Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War, Defense Express

A significant portion of the vehicles featured on this list have already been found, documented in footage and incorporated into the oryxspioenkop.com database. The website has counted 2,153 pieces of heavy equipment the Russian invading forces had lost as of April 6.

Using the data available, Defense Express has made a top-ten ranking of the types of the enemy’s armored vehicles destroyed, damaged or captured as war trophies by Ukrainian forces on our soil.

Ruined Russian BMP-2 IFV, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
Ruined Russian BMP-2 IFV

1. Soviet-era BMP-2 infantry armored vehicle. Russians have lost a total of 156 of these vehicles (99 destroyed, and the others abandoned or captured).

One more Russian MT-LB auxiliary armored tracked vehicle captured by Ukrainian forces, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
One more Russian MT-LB auxiliary armored tracked vehicle captured by Ukrainian forces

2. MT-LB multi-purpose auxiliary armored tracked vehicle – another leftover from the Soviet armed forces. Interesting is that, of the 111 of these vehicles lost, only 28 have been destroyed, while the others have been abandoned by “brave” Russian soldiers.

Abandoned Russian BTR-82A, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
Abandoned Russian BTR-82A

3. Armed with a 30-mm automatic gun, the BTR-82A, a relatively recent Russian upgrade to its older BTR-80 armored personnel carrier, was inducted into Russian service in 2013. Of the 103 vehicle lost, 58 were destroyed and another 44 abandoned.

Captured by Ukraine's military russia's main battle tank T-72B3 , Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
Captured by Ukraine's military russia's main battle tank T-72B3

4. Main battle tank T-72B3 upgraded to 2016. Of the 82 of these tanks lost, 37 have been destroyed and the reminder abandoned on the battlefield by the Russians.

A T-72B tank, destroyed by mine and abandoned, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
A T-72B tank, destroyed by mine and abandoned

5. Soviet-era T-72B tank, which had been in Soviet military service since 1985, is still present in great numbers in Russia’s tank force. Of the documented 75 vehicles lost, 39 have been destroyed.

One of a host of BMD-2 vehicles abandoned by Russian soldiers, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
One of a host of BMD-2 vehicles abandoned by Russian soldiers

6. Airborne infantry fighting vehicles BMD-2 (in production from 1985 till 1991) had been attacked and destroyed in mass by Ukrainian forces in Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, where some of the streets still remain stuffed with these aluminum-hulled vehicles, destroyed or abandoned.

Of the 72 BMD-2 vehicles lost by Russian forces, 30 have been destroyed, while the other 42 have been damaged or abandoned intact by “elite” Russian assault soldiers

This T-72B3 trophy tank is now defending the Ukrainian land, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
This T-72B3 trophy tank is now defending the Ukrainian land

7. 2012 upgrade to the T-72B3 tank. Of the 63 vehicles lost, 31 were destroyed and 32 abandoned.

Two destroyed Russian T-80U tanks, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
Two destroyed Russian T-80U tanks

8. T-80U, the gas turbine-powered tank that was inducted into Soviet military service in 1985 and re-inducted into Russian army in 2018.

The Kantemirov Division’s T-80 tanks were abandoned in great numbers on the battlefields near Chernihiv and Sumy, Defense Express
The Kantemirov Division’s T-80 tanks were abandoned in great numbers on the battlefields near Chernihiv and Sumy

Another “elite” force of the Russian army – the Kantemirov (otherwise known as the 4th Guards) tank division is fielded with T-80 tanks in various versions, including the T-80U. In Ukraine, the Russian “guardsmen” distinguished themselves as anything but record holders in the number of their vehicles they abandoned on battlefields.

Of the 53 vehicles lost by units of the Kantemirov Division on Ukrainian battlefields, only 13 have been destroyed and as many as 40 seized as war trophies by Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian farmers retrieving a Tiger vehicle abandoned by Russian soldiers in Nova Basan, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
Ukrainian farmers retrieving a Tiger vehicle abandoned by Russian soldiers in Nova Basan

9. The infamous BBM GAZ-2975 "Tiger-M" (gained notorious popularity in 2014, after a video from Crimea that captured a Tiger unsuccessfully trying to drive over a curb). Of the 58 such vehicles lost, 31 were destroyed and another 27 seized as war trophies by Ukrainian defenders.

A Russian BMP-3 vehicle seized as war trophy by Ukrainian Marines, Defense Express, Top Ten Ranking of Russian Armored Vehicle Types by Numbers Lost in Ukraine War
A Russian BMP-3 vehicle seized as war trophy by Ukrainian Marines

10. Ranked tenth in the ranking is the Russian infantry fighting vehicle BMP-3. There are photo and video evidence documenting the loss of 54 such vehicles (31 destroyed and 32 abandoned) by Russian forces.

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