The Russian military has continued to respond to heavy armored vehicle losses with the deployment of 60-year-old T-62 main battle tanksaccording to the intelligence report of the British Ministry of Defense.
“There is a realistic possibility that even units of the First Guards Tank Army, supposedly Russia’s main tank force, to be re-equipped with T-62s to make up for earlier lossesthe ministry said on Twitter on Monday.
The model is a Soviet design from the 1950s and produced from the 1960s, with a not very innovative structure, but it was the first to incorporate a smooth-bore cannon, which allowed it to fire guided missiles.
According to the British report, the Russian army was scheduled to receive the new-generation main battle tank T-14 Armata MBT from 2021.
“In recent days, Russian BTR-50 armored personnel carriers, first launched in 1954, have also been identified deployed in Ukraine for the first time,” noting that, since summer 2022, approximately 800 T-62s have been taken out of storage.
Some have received upgraded vision systems that are likely to improve their effectiveness at night, the ministry said. But he warned for his weaknesses.
“However, these two types of older vehicles will present many vulnerabilities on the modern battlefield, including the absence of modern explosive reactive armour,” the UK noted.
According to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Russia has lost 3,423 tanks, 6,703 armored fighting vehicles, 5,307 vehicles and fuel tanks in Ukraine since the start of its full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.
Offensive “peaked” in Bakhmut
The Russian offensive on the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut has shown signs of slowing down, and could have reached its “peak” intensity without Kremlin forces having gained control of the city, he said. to EFE Ukrainian military expert Serhiy Grabskiy.
“We have seen some signs that the Russians have been forced to slow down their operations due to lack of personnel and ammunition,” said Grabskiy, a reserve colonel who served peacekeeping missions in Iraq and the former Yugoslavia.
The ex-soldier made reference to a video published by the head of the Wagner Russian mercenary group, Yevgueni Prigozhin, in which he once again complained about the lack of ammunition and warned that “the entire front will collapse” if his private army withdraws of Bakhmut.
The colonel in the Ukrainian reserve pointed out that it is the first time that Prigozhin -whose mercenaries lead the assault force that attacks Bakhmut- makes reference to the possibility of a withdrawal, which in his opinion would support the thesis that Russia is running out of forces to sustain their offensive on the city of Donbas.
If this possibility is confirmed, Grabskiy added, “it is possible that the Ukrainian forces resist the Russian offensive for a couple more days and then begin a counterattack, pushing the enemy” back. The Ukrainian military expert was optimistic that the Ukrainian forces would resist and could “maintain their positions once they receive support and make rotations.”
(With information from EFE)
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