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Putin’s Nightmare: Russia’s Military Is Pulling Out of Storage Old Soviet Weapons

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Russian tank using defensive measures to stop missile attack. Image Credit: YouTube Screenshot.

Russia Struggling to Resupply, Forced to Use Soviet Equipment in Ukraine – As Russia continues to struggle to resupply its troops in the eastern Donbas region, Russian troops are reportedly being forced to rely heavily on outdated Soviet-made military equipment to continue the military offensive in the region. 

According to a statement from Ukraine’s Intelligence Directorate, Russian forces are using weapons that have been in storage since the 1970s. 

What Equipment Is Russia Using in Ukraine?

In a statement, the Intelligence Directorate alleged that Russian forces in April took 18 ACS “Msta-S” howitzers, 28 ACS “Acacia” self-propelled artillery guns, 15 additional ACS “Msta-S” howitzers, and 20 ACS “Gvozdika” howizters out of storage.

Furthermore, 15 MLRS “Uragan” self-propelled multiple rocket launcher systems and 11 TRC “Tochka-U” tactical ballistic missiles were also removed from 109 old arsenals. 

Restoration of combat capability and staffing of the military equipment of the grouping of troops of the Western MILITARY IS is carried out, including at the expense of the military equipment, withdrawn from storage of 239 mobilization deployment centers (Boguchar, 45 km from the SCU). Maintenance and repair are carried out by units 215 orvb (Marshal Zhukov) 20A,” the statement continues.

Russia Loses Hundreds of Tanks and More in Ukraine

The move probably shouldn’t be surprising given that analysts have repeatedly warned of Russia’s shortening supply of military equipment and munitions over the last month. Those problems have also reportedly been compounded by supply chain problems that have blocked Russia from importing necessary microchips and technological parts manufactured in NATO countries, and general financial hardship.

UralVagoNZavod, the Russian manufacturer in Sverdlovsk responsible for much of the country’s battle tank manufacturing, is struggling to produce T-90 and T-72 tanks, as well as the next-generation T-14 Armata tank

The Vladivostok shipyard was reportedly unable to meet government weapons orders valued at an estimated value of 25 billion rubles ($323 million).

Ukraine says that Russia has lost 3,000 armored vehicles so far and 460 tanks. 

“It’s not good military leadership if you are losing so many men and so much equipment,” Ukrainian military expert Yuri Zbanatski said on CBS News.

Speaking of Russia’s tanks, many of which were left behind in the city of Bucha, Zbanatski said Russian soldiers abandoned the vehicles after they ran out of fuel. For those who find the tanks left behind, he said, it’s “finders keepers.”

“Their personnel is not properly trained. Their commanding officers are not able to plan their offensive operations properly,” he also said. 

Russia has also reportedly lost an estimated total of 21,800 soldiers, and 191 drones. Some 154 helicopters, 19 aircraft, and 17 MLRSs have also reportedly been lost. Other estimates of Russian tank losses put the number at 873. 

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Jack

    April 24, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Wonder what would have happened if NATO had put 150,000 of it’s troops just inside of the Ukraine border in January?

    • Kyle in Upstate NY

      April 24, 2022 at 9:28 pm

      Well the fear is of nuclear retaliation.

  2. sprinter

    April 24, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    The Russian problem is because there is a difference between what Putin is shown by the Russian weapon designers and the actual weaponry held by the basic Russian military.
    The designers show Putin these shiny new weapons and Putin, who was never a military man, assumed wrongly that the Russian military has those shiny new weapons.

    So Putin surrounded by a very small number of syncophants, who wouldn’t dare tell Putin anything other than yes to everything.
    Putin, with an economy smaller than Texas, has visions of restoring the old Soviet empire. It’s no coincidence that virtually all the former Warsaw pact countries in eastern Europe have joined nato. Reason being those countries did not view the Soviet repression of decades as being anything more than a very unpleasant memory.

  3. sprinter

    April 24, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Pulling old Soviet weapons out of storage, would concur with the general agreement that Russia’s weapon factories have been impacted by the western embargo.

    This reliance on old Soviet weapons will not help an already faltering offensive. Ukraine has been given modern western weapons like the switchblade, and howitzers. Even the howitzer are superior, because nato used a 155mm shell which is larger and more powerful than the standard Russian howitzer.

    Putin is like a gambler who has already lost, and thinks that if he tries to double up, he might get lucky. To sacrifice the goodwill and commercial ties with western countries for doubtful ties with China is madness.

  4. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 1:51 am

    The West hoped very much that Russia would show its new weapon in Ukraine. However, NATO countries are supplying Ukraine with old Soviet rubbish. If Russia has the opportunity not to use its new weapons, then everything is absolutely correct, as any country in the world would do, except for stupid third countries like Ukraine.

    This is done for simple reasons: the utilization of old weapons, the increase in capacity for the production of new ones at an accelerated pace, and most importantly, to prevent the capture of new high-tech weapons.

    In any case, thousands of pieces of obsolete equipment need to be put somewhere, which is what the countries of Europe and the USA are doing. Therefore, the author could write the same way: “Biden’s nightmare, the United States is supplying Ukraine with old weapons, there are no new weapons.”

    By the way, it is no secret to anyone that a third of the American Javelins were sent to Ukraine from the United States. If you cross the threshold of 50% Javelins, then this will be a real disaster for the United States. And how they are used in Ukraine:
    1. Bandera Nazis undermine themselves,
    2. Weapons are destroyed in warehouses,
    3. Weapons are captured by the people’s militia of Donbass.
    And only 15-20% can be used by the Nazi regime in Kyiv.

    These are the horrors the author should think about.

  5. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 7:16 am

    I think sprinter hits the nail on the head here. Putin believed his own propaganda. Don’t they say you should never consume your own product? That is the inherent end point of authoritarianism, you stifle all dissent and in the end you are left surrounded with sycophants that only tell you what you want to hear, and then reality comes along…

    I fear that its inherent in his personality he can only double down, and when this offensive too starts failing, do we think he’ll draw the line at Nukes? Hopefully someone in his inner cabinet decides enough is enough.

    @Alex – you remind me of a court jester. Every article, you grace us with your hilarious jokes and fanciful tales of alternate realities.

    The only horrors we worry about are those you inflict on common sense, which you do not seem to have been graced with an overabundance of.

  6. James

    April 25, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Keep it up Alex, very entertaining. Let’s hope your paymaster dies soon.

  7. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 10:22 am

    There is the Donetsk People’s Republic. There is the Luhansk People’s Republic. Kherson applied to Russia for a referendum to establish the Kherson People’s Republic. God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  8. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Yes Alex, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania also re-applied to join the Russian Federation. In this reality, Putin has conquered his hemorrhoids, and you and Sveta live happily ever after.

    It’s nice to sit back and daydream, isn’t it? 🙂

  9. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 11:05 am

    The largest flagpole over Kherson with the banner of victory is installed. German independent journalists showed the joy of the townspeople and their embrace with their brothers Ukrainians and Russians. This is amazing! God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

    Bandera Nazis do not stop going to hell. At the Azov factory, they began to eat each other. A good death for bastards. Glory to the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  10. Eric

    April 25, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Western countries are sending MORE advanced weaponry over time. Russians are sending LESS advanced weaponry over time. Russia considers this a “special military operation”. Ukraine considers this a war for survival and is mobilizing most of the country. Ukraine has far more people actually involved, and are receiving more advanced military capabilities every day. You can see Russia winning some battles but will be more likely to lose the war as time goes on.

    LOL Alex just has one actual response – mixed up true and false statements to confuse – and then after that he just copies and pastes the same ridiculous comment on every article. The “largest flagpole” in Kherson, (with the Soviet victory flag). But Ukrainians haven’t forgotten their history. They know that the Soviets were responsible for the deaths of millions of Ukrainians (and also millions elsewhere). So they suffer a war where they lose thousands, to save themselves from the Soviet overlords who would kill millions. The Russian sovoks have been using genocidal hate speech for years on Russian TV. Russians have been thoroughly brainwashed to believe that Ukrainians are evil and must be exterminated; this is why we are seeing so many war crimes from Russian military forces. People everywhere are pretty much the same and most people want peace. Only one party to this conflict has been accused of large numbers of war crimes and genocide.

    Russians should leave Ukraine and go home and fix their own problems.

  11. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    It’s like watching the Germans in WW2, but in reverse. An entire nation brainwashed to think of their neighbours as scum, subhuman, without an identity, a right to live. “Nazis” as Alex calls them.

    And yes, that is Alex’s playbook. Every morning, same crap pasted over various articles. Lies so bare, they make Sveta blush, and about as transparent as her nightclothes.

    Truly pathetic.

  12. Alex

    April 26, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Slowly, in order to avoid unnecessary casualties, but confidently and kilometer after kilometer, the people’s militia of Donbass liberates Ukraine from Bandera Nazis. And all because this is the “whole world” with the Ukrainian regime:

    The West failed to turn much of the world against Russia after the military operation in Ukraine began, columnist Howard French wrote in an article for Foreign Policy magazine.
    According to him, many states did not support sanctions against Moscow, including such large countries as India and China.

    “In fact, when counting the population of these countries, it becomes clear that the states representing the majority of humanity have not taken a position in this conflict, seeing in it the familiar echoes of the former rivalry between East and West,” said French.
    According to the observer, the international political system that took shape at the beginning of the twentieth century from the very beginning gave the countries of the “third world” the status of second-class states. As an example, he cited the colonization of Africa by European countries.

    “It was the work of the enslaved millions of people who grew sugar and cotton in huge quantities, cleared the land and did all other unpaid work that made the American colonies profitable for Europe, and the so-called “Old World” new and rich,” the author emphasized.

    French urged not to ignore the heightened sense of justice among the former colonized peoples.

  13. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Oh, so now “slow” progress is to avoid casualties? Man, you must have been getting lessons, your jokes only get better and better!

  14. Alex

    April 26, 2022 at 7:52 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the public Western. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

  15. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 10:46 am

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

  16. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:14 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  17. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

  18. speedster

    June 3, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Update 4/6/22, Luhansk and Donetsk, republican militants conscripted by russia and complaining about being used as cannon fodder by russia. The republicans are staying conscripted compulsory by russia despite protesting. Also the military equipment given to the militants was not nearly sufficient to provide protection to the troops.

    The pattern of Russia’s intention is clear to obtain troops from the various artificial republics and far distant parts of russia. The priority is to avoid recruiting troops from the main Russian cities of Moscow and St.Petersburg, so that the true cost of the war in lost lives and wounded is not brought home to public in the main cities, where the “special operation”, is only a television spectacle.

    Meantime Putin has scored spectacular own goal because the artificial means of keeping the ruble, has now made its own problem, so they want to send the ruble, back down due to troops finding value of salary dropping in value. Who would want to die for a miserable salary?

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