Ukraine’s military success has depleted Russian armored vehicle reserves, says Pentagon chief

29 March, 01:04 PM
Pentagon head Lloyd Austin (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Pentagon head Lloyd Austin (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Russia has resorted to using outdated Soviet-era T-54 and T-55 tanks from the 1940s and 1950s due to the magnitude of its losses in Ukraine, Pentagon head Lloyd Austin told a U.S. Senate hearing.

Russia is increasingly struggling to provide its army with artillery shells and other resources, which has led it to seek assistance from Iran and North Korea, he said.

“Ukrainians have inflicted significant losses on the Russians, and they’ve exhausted their armored vehicles in a way that no one could have imagined. And now we’re seeing Russia uncrate T-54s and T-55s because of the losses they’ve taken from the Ukrainians,” Austin said.

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Earlier, Austin had stated that Ukrainian forces have good prospects for a successful counteroffensive this spring.

The Pentagon chief also named the main types of weapons needed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, emphasizing their need for air defense systems, armored vehicles, and long-range missiles.

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