According to the publication, this amount includes the direct costs necessary to carry out military aggression against Ukraine, although it does not take into account stable defense spending and losses as a result of sanctions imposed by the West.
In 2021, all of Russia’s budget revenues amounted to $340 billion. That is, the Russian Federation has already spent a quarter of last year’s revenues on military operations. However, the publication notes that next year the cost of war for Russia is likely to increase significantly, as Russia’s own resources to meet military needs are depleted.
According to the Ukrainian edition of Forbes, on average, Russia spends about $200 per day per soldier. In October, the Russian Federation sharply increased the number of its troops. 300,000 mobilized will cost the Russian budget an additional $1.8 billion per month. In addition, it is necessary to increase the cost of provision and ammunition. If in the summer the amount of compensation allocated to the families of the dead and wounded soldiers was $1 billion a month, then in the last months of the war this amount exceeded $3.5 billion.
According to various sources, Russia used from 10,000 to 50,000 shells per day against Ukraine, which exceeds $5.5 billion. Russian forces have fired more than 4,000 rockets into Ukrainian cities, costing an average of $3 million each.
Russia lost 278 fighter jets in Ukraine at an average cost of $18 million each, as well as 261 helicopters at an average cost of $104 million. The total losses of Russian combat aircraft are about $8 billion.
Analysts estimate that as of February 24, Russia has lost 2,897 of its 3,300 tanks. Currently, the Kremlin is trying to restore equipment that has been stored in warehouses for decades and needs significant modernization.
According to Forbes, the total value of equipment lost by Russia in the nine months of the war against Ukraine is $20.8 billion.