By now, Ukraine fields more tanks than Russia, Pentagon suggests

24 December 2022, 01:42 AM
Official says Ukrainian army may have

Official says Ukrainian army may have "now more tanks on the battlefield than Russians" (Photo:State Border Guard Service)

The Armed Forces of Ukraine may have more tanks on the battlefield than Russia – thanks to the hundreds of armored vehicles the Russians left in the wake of their retreat from Kharkiv and Kyiv oblasts earlier in 2022, an unnamed U.S. Department of Defense official said in a comment to the Washington Post on Dec. 23.

The official commented on the proposal of Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov to transfer M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, by saying that at this stage "even one M1 is out of the question." According to him, it was difficult for the U.S. army to maintain tanks of this type during the war in Iraq, and for Ukraine "it would be impossible."

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However, he added that the Ukrainian army may have "more tanks on the battlefield than the Russians do."

“The Russians have graciously donated a lot,” jokingly said the official, when talking about the flight of Russian troops from Kyiv and Kharkiv oblasts.

Earlier media reports said that during the counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblasts and the flight of the invaders from the north of Ukraine, Kyiv seized so many Russian weapons that Moscow became the “largest supplier” of heavy weapons for Ukraine.

During the liberation of Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine captured 460 Russian battle tanks, 92 self-propelled howitzers, 448 infantry fighting vehicles, 195 armored combat vehicles, and 44 rocket artillery systems. These gains were well-documented by open-source intelligence communities online.

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