PANAGYURISHTE ($1=2.03 Bulgarian Levs) — The biggest provider of tanks and armored autos to Ukraine in the mean time isn’t the Western companions, however Russia.
That is what the information say, and they’re as follows:
- Ukraine’s Western companions, together with the USA, haven’t but determined whether or not, when, and what tanks they’ll ship to assist the Ukrainian military;
- Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic donated their out of date Soviet T-72 and T-80 tanks. Now the three former Jap Bloc international locations count on to be reciprocally equipped with tanks from Germany, more than likely Leopard tanks;
- Spain meant to donate its Leopard 2A4 tanks however failed in its intentions. The issue was this: the tanks had not been maintained through the years. A Ukrainian consultant from the Ministry of Protection personally refused to permit the tanks to be repaired and despatched to Ukraine. This speaks volumes for his or her situation.
- From the start of the struggle to this present day, now we have witnessed each many destroyed tanks of the Russian military and plenty of deserted tanks. T64s, T-72s, and T-80s are deserted by Russian forces, and lately Ukrainian forces captured an intact T-90M Breakout tank;
- There are experiences that a minimum of 200 Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, and infantry preventing autos from the stock of the Russian military have been deserted very lately because of the Ukrainian counteroffensive;
- Sources, largely international intelligence analysts [UK and USA] declare that in the mean time Ukraine can equip two full tank brigades solely from the deserted Russian tanks on the battlefield. By Western requirements, a tank division consists of 160 tank models. Two tank divisions imply a minimum of 360 tanks – a quantity that may be taken as credible if we draw conclusions from what Ukraine has acquired to date [according to our experts, the figure can be lowered to 250 tanks].
- Open entry sources declare that because the begin of the struggle, Russia has misplaced round 6,300 Russian army autos and weapon techniques. This consists of any sort of armored preventing automobile, infantry automobile, or artillery system.
- The Institute for the Research of Struggle claims that regardless of the “profitable seize” of Russian gear, Ukrainian forces destroyed many extra tanks and armored autos within the September 18 counteroffensive within the Kharkiv area.
It seems that whereas Ukraine is ready for heavy tank help from the west, Russia is abandoning weapons that the Ukrainians know very nicely, can work with, and are educated to make use of. Russia is preventing towards its personal weapons, not as a result of it offered them years in the past to its neighbor, however as a result of it allowed Ukraine to “steal” them.
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