Putin's Nightmare: Ukraine Is Capturing, Repairing, and Using Russian Tanks
Photographs of two captured Russian T-90A tanks shared on Twitter this week offer a look into how Ukrainian troops continue to capture enemy vehicles, service and repair the machines, and later redeploy them in their battle against Russian invaders. #Ukraine: Two captured Russian T-90A tanks with Ukrainian forces – these are one of the most modern tanks which have been deployed by the Russian army in Ukraine. CNN also aired video footage in May showing Ukrainian soldiers using Russian tanks against Russian troops. Ukrainian Weapons Tracker, a popular Twitter account dedicated to tracking the weapons deployed in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, shared the image and described how the tanks will “join the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Within a matter of days, the tank was already back in action and being used by Ukrainian troops to fight back against Russian forces. Reports of T-90 tanks being abandoned by Russian troops have also appeared fairly frequently in recent months. The T-90A tank seen in the photographs shared online is a Russian-made battle tank designed to succeed the original T-90 model. Only one month into the invasion, reports revealed how Ukraine had lost at least 74 tanks to Russian missile strikes, but captured at least 117 from Russian forces.
The information was obtained from open-source-intelligence analysts, who analyzed photographs and videos shared on social media and revealed how Russian forces were losing tanks and armored vehicles at a higher rate than Ukrainian forces. It meant that the Ukrainian army, at that point of the invasion, had more tanks than it did when the invasion began – without building a single tank or taking any vehicle out of storage. Since then, hundreds of tanks have been supplied by Ukraine’s European neighbors. Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York.
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