Count of Tanks Lost at Brovary, 9 March 2022

I have been doing a count from videos of the tanks and other vehicles present at the ambush at Brovary on 9 March and the count of their losses. The main video is here: Russian tanks seen being ambushed on outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine – YouTube.

I have also looked at 2) The Telegraph “Ukraine destroy Russian tank column in Brovary near Kyiv,” 3) The Sun “Ukrainian town of Brovary near Kyiv littered with destroyed Russian tanks,” 4) ABC News “Russian tanks, armored vehicles ambushed outside Kyiv,’ 5) CNN “’Structured ambush’: Video appears to show strike on Russian tanks,” and 6) ITV News “’Russian commander killed’ as military vehicles destroyed near Kyiv’s outskirts.” There is probably more I should be examining.

Anyhow, I did get a count of the Russian column consisting of at least 11 T-72s and 33 BTRs, APCs and other vehicles. It appears to me that three T-72s were hit in the ambush as were two other vehicles. One video later shows one T-72 captured.

I gather we are looking at Russian casualties as maybe up to a dozen men killed or wounded.

Counting tanks is not my forte. Does anyone else have a better count? 

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Christopher A. Lawrence
Christopher A. Lawrence

Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst. He is the Executive Director and President of The Dupuy Institute, an organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict and the resolution of armed conflict. The Dupuy Institute provides independent, historically-based analyses of lessons learned from modern military experience.
Mr. Lawrence was the program manager for the Ardennes Campaign Simulation Data Base, the Kursk Data Base, the Modern Insurgency Spread Sheets and for a number of other smaller combat data bases. He has participated in casualty estimation studies (including estimates for Bosnia and Iraq) and studies of air campaign modeling, enemy prisoner of war capture rates, medium weight armor, urban warfare, situational awareness, counterinsurgency and other subjects for the U.S. Army, the Defense Department, the Joint Staff and the U.S. Air Force. He has also directed a number of studies related to the military impact of banning antipersonnel mines for the Joint Staff, Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation.
His published works include papers and monographs for the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, in addition to over 40 articles written for limited-distribution newsletters and over 60 analytical reports prepared for the Defense Department. He is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka (Aberdeen Books, Sheridan, CO., 2015), America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam (Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia & Oxford, 2015), War by Numbers: Understanding Conventional Combat (Potomac Books, Lincoln, NE., 2017) , The Battle of Prokhorovka (Stackpole Books, Guilford, CT., 2019), The Battle for Kyiv (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2023), Aces at Kursk (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024), Hunting Falcon: The Story of WWI German Ace Hans-Joachim Buddecke (Air World, Yorkshire, UK, 2024) and The Siege of Mariupol (Frontline Books, Yorkshire, UK, 2024).
Mr. Lawrence lives in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.

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