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Watch: How Ukraine Keeps Towing Away and Using Dead Russian Tanks

Captured Russian Tank
Captured Russian Tank. Image Credit: Twitter Screenshot.

Footage recorded by Ukrainian soldiers this week, which shows Russian military vehicles being towed away from the battlefield by Ukrainian forces, was shared widely on Ukraine-focused social media accounts this week.

One video, recorded on a cell phone, shows Russian tanks captured by the Ukrainians towing away a Russian BTR-82A armored personnel carrier. In the 15-second-long clip, the armor vehicle is seen emblazoned with the Russian “Z” symbol.

Ukrainian troops raised a Ukrainian flag on the tank as they use it to tow away multiple Russian vehicles.

Another clip shows the Russian T-80BV tank towing the personnel carriers down a country road between two farm fields in Kharkiv Oblast.

Reports Say Czech Volunteers Responsible

As the videos went viral on Twitter and other social media platforms, reports revealed how the two Russian tanks were towed away by Czech volunteers. The foreign fighters reportedly captured the vehicles from the frontline in Izium.

It comes off the back of several victories in the region for Czech volunteers in the Ukrainian International League.

Other video clips shared online show Czech volunteers celebrating in a captured Russian T-80BV, with additional BTR-82A personnel carriers seen in the background.

Putting Russian Tanks To Use

Ukrainian forces aren’t just capturing tanks in Kharkiv Oblast and the city of Izium, which has seen intensified combat in recent weeks but which is not currently controlled by the Russians. The tanks are also being redeployed by Ukrainian forces and used to push back Russian soldiers in the region.

CBC reports how Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline in Kharkiv believe that their victories in the region have been overshadowed by recent advances made by the Russians in Luhansk Oblast. In Ukraine’s eastern flank, Russian forces have successfully taken control of every major city and urban center in Luhansk, finally taking control of the city of Lysychansk on Sunday.

Ukrainian officials also reportedly confirmed to CBC that at least three Russian tanks have been captured by the 93rd Mechanized Brigade in Izium, all of which were quickly put back into service.

Video footage of some Russian tanks being totally destroyed by the 93rd Mechanized Brigade was also shared online this week. In the footage, recorded by a rotary blade Ukrainian UAV, Russian tanks are seen being struck by various Ukrainian artillery. The tanks are left on fire and smoking in Ukrainian fields, destroyed beyond repair.

“Considering the fact that Russia and Ukraine share many of the same arms from the old Soviet Union, it makes total sense that Kyiv can take seemingly destroyed Russian weapons and repurpose them,” explained Harry J. Kazianis, President and CEO of the Rogue States Project.

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.

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  1. Stefan Stackhouse

    July 6, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    It is known that the Ukrainians have workshops where they salvage whatever parts they can from disabled Russian tanks and reassemble them into a functional tank – with a little welding here and there. Voilà, an addition to the Ukrainian arsenal! Thanks, Vladimir!!

  2. speedster

    July 6, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    That is one lesser known fact, that the russians are donating tanks and armoured vehicles to the ukraine along with the western donated weaponry.

    I suspect the Russian military is going to resemble what happens when a small child is told to eat the beans it does not like, so the clever child distributed the beans round the circumference of the plate. Simply, the Russian military is being hollowed out. Russian pre invasion army was 280,000 and 140,000 (half) was used to invade ukraine and 145,000 are dead or wounded. So Russia was forced to send in the second half of its army, leaving some unknown number to police Russian borders. If the Czech volunteers are correct Russia is likely losing elsewhere what it gains in the East. It would not be wise for Russia to reduce its original army of 280,000, below 20%, 56,000, so 135,000-56,000= 80,000 deployed to ukraine after 145,000 lost.

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