Russians spreading lies about Ukrainian losses in latest battles - Geoconfirmed

Russians spreading lies about Ukrainian losses in latest battles - Geoconfirmed

Russian propaganda is circulating fake reports about Ukraine’s losses in the Zaporizhzhia axis.

That’s according to the Ukrainian Army’s Stratcom, citing Geoconfirmed, a global geolocation analysis platform widely covering the Russian war in Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.

For the third night in a row, “Russian chatter” is circulating about resumed offensive operations by the Ukrainian forces during the night in the Zaporizhzhia area, Geoconfirmed reports.

At the same time, the platform notes: “Almost all footage is spread by Russian sources, so focused on Ukrainian losses, of course. Most losses were already a few days old and/or some were known losses shown from another perspective. The losses also sometimes show that the Ukrainians are further South than expected.  Where you see one vehicle, there were more that were not affected...”

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The report also states that on June 10, Ukraine released some footage from both southern directions: “Ukraine managed to destroy 2x TOS-1A, one in the Velyka Novosilka axis and one in the Bakhmut axis. “This was unseen previously during this war. This helps us determine that Ukrainians are tight on OPSEC, but the little footage they released shows that more is going on,” analysts note.

As for the number of destroyed armored vehicles, analysts note that Ukraine has received “thousands of vehicles, one thousand+ vehicles for the new brigades alone.

“This is conventional warfare against a layered defense. Ukraine will lose a lot of vehicles. That is part of an offensive. The numbers the Russians show are nothing compared to the amount Ukraine has for this offensive. But what is more important: people. The soldiers. Most destroyed vehicles seem to be destroyed by mines. You see that the hatches are open, no blood, almost no bodies. So the vehicles did what they are intended to do: protect the soldiers inside. Vehicles can be replaced, humans cannot. And the hard truth is maybe difficult to accept: loss of human lives are foreseen and expected during an offensive,” the report reads.

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“The Russian side is spreading footage of destroyed Ukrainian vehicles, while the Ukrainian side keeps a tight OPSEC (operation security - a security and risk management process and strategy that classifies information, then determines what is required to protect sensitive information and prevent it from getting into the wrong hands – ed.) and continues working behind the scenes,” analysts conclude.

The Geoconfirmed platform was created on Day 1 of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine (February 24, 2022) by a volunteer effort. Its main goal is to provide a scientific level of geolocation data analysis that can be used for situational awareness, investigations, countering disinformation, and other purposes.

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