Russia has pulled more of its Soviet-era tanks from storage for deployment in the Ukraine war as the conflict reaches its seventh month, a video circulated on social media shows.
Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, shared a clip on his Twitter page that appears to show 50-year-old T-62 tanks lined up on railways in Russia.
“Old Soviet tanks that Russia took out of preservation without protection from modern weapons,” the Ukrainian government adviser wrote on Twitter on Friday.
And he added: “The new Russian recruits (also without protection against modern weapons and the modern army – we saw what they are fighting in). A perfect combination, doomed to success, I can say.”
NEWSWEEK He was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the clip and reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.
Ukraine’s military says Russia has lost more than 2,000 tanks since the start of Vladimir Putin’s war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine publishes on its Facebook page Ukrainian estimates of the total losses suffered by Russia since the start of the invasion on February 24, and writes that 2,254 Russian tanks have been destroyed.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in May that Russia was losing a significant number of tanks in the conflict and that Moscow had moved 50-year-old T-62 tanks from “deep storage” to be deployed for use by the Group of Southern Forces. (SGF).
The ministry said such vehicles are likely to be “particularly vulnerable” to anti-tank weapons, and that the decision to deploy them on the battlefield highlights Russia’s “lack of modern combat-ready equipment”.
Old Russian T-62 tanks were photographed at Melitopol train station in southeastern Ukraine in May, indicating that Putin’s forces suffered heavy losses, a few months into the war.
About 20,000 tanks were in production in the Soviet Union from 1961 to 1973, before the model was replaced in production and front-line units by the newer T-72 main battle tank.
The car is armed with a 115-mm semi-automatic smoothbore gun, and it was the last medium tank produced in the Soviet Union.
Russia said Ukraine was using “ceremonial” reserve tanks because of the losses suffered by its armed forces.
Russian state newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta He said last September that Ukraine moved to deploy T-64BM2 tanks produced in a small batch to participate in a military parade in August 2021.