Russian invaders have deployed a convoy of obsolete T-62 tanks to Melitopol

26 May, 02:53 PM
Consequences of a Russian shelling in Zaporizhzhya oblast (Photo:t.me/zoda_gov_ua)

Consequences of a Russian shelling in Zaporizhzhya oblast (Photo:t.me/zoda_gov_ua)

The Russian military brought a convoy of obsolete T-62 tanks to Melitopol, as well as 30 units of military equipment to the village of Kyrylivka, the Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration reported via Telegram messenger on May 25.

T-62 tanks were first put into service in 1961 and were last used in Russia’s war against Georgia in 2008. It was considered to be poorly matched against Western counterparts almost as soon as it came into service, and its capabilities have been superseded further since then.

“A convoy of obsolete T-62 tanks, which Russians had, after all, withdrawn from storage, arrived in Melitopol today (May 25 - ed.)…” the administration wrote.

“30 units of Russian military equipment entered the village of Kyrylivka. According to local residents, armored personnel carriers are stationed at almost every intersection.”

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The administration warns that there is the possibility that community centers in Kyrylivka may be used as a shelter for the invaders and, as a result, suffer from looting, as happened in Berdyansk.

Earlier, the Mariupol mayoral office reported that Russian invaders had begun issuing Russian passports to residents of occupied Mariupol.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on May 25 signed a decree on the simplified issuance of Russian passports to residents of Zaporizhzhya and Kherson Oblasts of Ukraine.

In the summer of 2019, Russia began illegally issuing its passports to residents of the occupied territories of Donbas, as a policy of “passportization” – essentially, forcibly giving Ukrainians Russian citizenship.

A special decree signed by Putin allowed residents of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts to obtain Russian citizenship ”under a fast-track procedure.” In response to Russia's actions, Ukraine has appealed to the UN Security Council.

Russia's war against Ukraine enters its fourth month. 

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