A Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) was indeed damaged during the Ukrainian counter-offensive, but its crew successfully ejected from the vehicle, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Telegram on June 15.
She posted pictures of the Bradley, which had been damaged by a direct hit from a rocket from Grad multi-launch rocket system. According to Malyar, the strike scored a direct hit on the Bradley’s turret, causing the vehicle to catch fire. Its crew successfully evacuated, while mechanics took the armoured vehicle to a safe location and extinguished the fire. The IFV is now undergoing repairs.
"The example proves that the outstanding combat survivability claimed by the manufacturer is not just words,” Malyar stated.
“Bradleys help to save the most valuable thing — the lives of our military personnel. And steel can always be restored. There is no equipment that cannot be destroyed, there is only equipment that saves lives.”
Ukraine allegedly lost 16 Bradley IFVs in the first days of the counteroffensive, the U.S.-based CNN news channel reported, referring to OSINT analysts. Neither the Pentagon, nor Ukrainian officials, have commented on these claims.
Ukraine's defenders advanced 6.5 km in the past week and liberated seven settlements, the Ministry of Defense stated, reporting on the course of the counter-offensive as of June 12. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are advancing and increasing their control in the Bakhmut direction, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The U.S. announced a new military aid package for Ukraine on June 15, including 15 Bradleys.
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