Russia abandons much of its armor and equipment in Kharkiv Oblast retreat

13 September, 01:51 PM
Russian forces abandoned huge quantities of their military equipment as they retreated from Kharkiv Oblast (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Russian forces abandoned huge quantities of their military equipment as they retreated from Kharkiv Oblast (Photo:Handout via REUTERS)

Russian forces abandoned huge quantities of their military equipment as they retreated from Kharkiv Oblast, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said in a Telegram post on Sept. 13.

Advancing Ukrainian troops are capturing numerous Russian tanks, artillery ordnance, radars, and UAVs, the U.S. new medium said in its report.

The report suggested Russian units didn’t have enough fuel to retrieve their equipment in an orderly fashion. This may indicate that Ukraine’s sustained attacks on the enemy’s logistics, using U.S.-supplied HIMARS high-precision rocket artillery, is having an effect.

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The urgency of the retreat forced the Russian army to opt for light trucks and civilian cars to make their escape, the message also said.

Visually verified, open-source data indicates over 100 tanks and armored vehicles were abandoned by fleeing Russian troops.

Ukraine continues its eastern counteroffensive. Kharkiv regional governor Oleh Synehubov said Ukrainian units have reached the Russian international border in several places.

On Sept. 12 alone, Kyiv claimed it had regained control of over 20 settlements in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry hinted that at least 6,000 square kilometers of territory has been liberated since Sept. 1.

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