Russia deploys obsolete tanks to reinforce key road in southern Ukraine

9 June, 03:17 PM
T-62 tank (

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Moscow has sent 30 T-62 tanks to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya region in an attempt to secure a key road between Orikhiv and Luhove, U.S.-based think-tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in a report on June 8.

ISW also noted an uptick in Russian activity near Kherson, coupled with renewed artillery strikes near Mykolaiv.

According to a Ukrainian defense official, Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the Russians will use these tanks to establish fortified firing positions.

The T-62 entered service in the Red Army back in 1962. As of 2012, Russia had over 900 of them in storage; some were later used in Syria and the Donbas.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on June 6 that Zaporizhzhya remain under threat of a Russian advance.

Head of the Zaporizhzhya administration Oleksandr Starukh said on June 7 that Russian troops are withdrawing from some districts of the region. 

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