The Armed Forces (AF) of the Russian Federation seized serviceable T-64 tanks, which were left by Ukrainian servicemen in the vicinity of Chernihiv. This was announced on Friday, April 1, in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
“Unlike the basic combat vehicles, these tanks are equipped with night thermal imaging sights and observation devices, as well as NATO-style communications and navigation equipment,” the report says.
It is noted that the equipment was left by the Ukrainian military personnel when the units of the RF Armed Forces approached.
A day earlier, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the Russian Armed Forces hit 28 Ukrainian military targets during the day. Among the destroyed objects: four command posts, three field depots of rocket and artillery weapons, four fuel storage facilities and six areas of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment.
On March 15, the Russian Defense Ministry published a video showing Western-made weapons captured by Russian paratroopers in a battle with Ukrainian nationalists. Among the seized foreign weapons are anti-tank and portable anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as hand grenade launchers.
The situation in Donbass escalated on February 17. In the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR), heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces, including from heavy weapons, was reported. The republics announced a general mobilization and evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass.
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