Russia has become the largest supplier of heavy weapons to Ukraine — the captured equipment of the invaders helps Ukrainian fighters to recapture the eastern regions of the Donetsk region, including Liman, and move further east. The WSJ writes about it.
The rapid breakthrough of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region led to the fact that hundreds of pieces of Russian equipment ended up in the hands of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. So, during a hasty retreat, the Russian invaders abandoned their heavy weapons and ammunition depots. Now some samples were ready for immediate use, others are being repaired to return to the front.
«Combined with arms seized during Russia's retreat from Kiev and the rest of northern Ukraine in April, these recent successes have made Moscow the largest supplier of heavy weapons to Ukraine, well outnumbering the US and other allies. However, weapons supplied by the West are usually more modern and accurate», — The material says.
Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to capture 460 Russian main battle tanks, 92 self-propelled howitzers, 448 infantry fighting vehicles, 195 armored fighting vehicles and 44 multiple rocket launchers. The real number is probably higher.
It should be noted that only one battalion «Karpatskaya Sich» captured 10 modern T-80 tanks and five 152-mm self-propelled howitzers 2S5 & # 171; Hyacinth & # 187; after entering Raisins last month. Deputy Chief of Staff Ruslan Andreiko said that «we have so many trophies that we don't even know what to do with them».
The Chief of Staff of the Ukrainian artillery battalion on the Kharkov front said that his the unit now uses four recently captured Russian 2S19 «Msta» 152mm self-propelled howitzers, along with American cannons, and now has ample Soviet caliber ammunition.