Advancing Ukrainian troops capture most advanced Russian tank
Photographs of the T-90M tank seized during fighting in the Kharkiv region have been posted on social media this week by Ukraine’s Defence Ministry.
It was among the advanced weapons abandoned by Russian troops over past weeks during Ukraine’s lightning counter offensive.
“The newest Russian tank T-90M was found in Kharkiv region in perfect condition. We ask its owner(s) to contact the #UAarmy. Please identify yourself by a sign: a white flag,” a post on the Defence of Ukraine Twitter site said.
The tank was towed away by the Ukraine army and is likely to be inspected by US military experts to learn more about the latest Russian battlefield technology.
The T-90M is the most advanced tank deployed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.
Before the Ukraine invasion, the tank was often shown in military parades and state-controlled media to showpiece what the Kremlin claimed was Russia’s advanced armed forces.
The vehicle boasts an upgraded turret and cannon, as well as Russia’s latest thermal sights and reactive armour.
Earlier this month, Ukraine launched its counteroffensive, pushing into territory around its second-largest city of Kharkiv.
Videos and photos showed Ukrainian troops seizing tanks, ammunition and other weaponry left behind by Moscow in an apparently chaotic withdrawal.
And Ukraine is now deploying captured Russian tanks to solidify its gains in the northeast amid an ongoing counteroffensive, a US think tank said, as Kyiv vowed to push further into territories occupied by Moscow.
The Institute for the Study of War, citing a Russian claim, said that Ukraine had been using left-behind Russian T-72 tanks as it tries to push into the Russian-occupied region of Luhansk.
– Reported with Associated Press
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