Russia’s 500,000 Troop Losses & the Folly of the Kharkiv Invasion

Jakub Ferencik
6 min readMay 17, 2024

For weeks and months now, it’s been evident from satellite imagery that Putin and the Russian army are planning to attack Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, and thus redirect much of their attention from Chasiv Yar and the long frontline in the east.

There are various explanations for this. Some claim that Russia is planning to divert Ukrainian defenses from key strategic outposts such as Chasiv Yar which is crucial to the control of Donbas, according to analysts. Others say that perhaps Putin is still under the…

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Jakub Ferencik

Journalist in Prague | Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views