By Yuka Hayashi
- Ukraine has lost 16 US-supplied Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, an open-source analysis found.
- The losses are a sizable chunk of the 109 Bradleys sent to Ukraine by the US.
- Pushing through Russian front-line defenses was always expected to be costly for Ukrainian forces.
Sixteen US-provided Bradley infantry fighting vehicles have been lost or damaged in Ukraine in recent days, highlighting the military toll of the current counteroffensive, according to an open-source analysis.
The Dutch website Oryx, which tracks visual evidence of losses on both sides, documented five destroyed Bradleys and 11 that have been damaged and abandoned.
The footage and images appear to date from between Friday and Sunday, which is consistent with the Institute for the Study of War’s assessment that Ukraine pushed forward with its counteroffensive efforts over the weekend.
The losses would amount to a sizable chunk of the 109 Bradleys that the US has committed to Ukraine, the first of which were confirmed as in use on the battlefield in April.
Moving on tracks rather than wheels, Bradleys are intended to provide firepower while also transporting around 10 troops inside them.