Amid massive tank losses in Ukraine, Putin is now deploying old and outdated Russian T-62 tanks, signaling that the Kremlin might have no modern tanks to send to Ukraine after their vehicles have been made into smokin heaps by the Ukrainians.

Putin is running out of options and time real fast. With no real goals achieved in Donbas thus far, they are running out of tanks and armored vehicles to complete their so-called “liberation” of Donbas. Deploying their T-62s, tanks that are largely relegated as reserves, it is obvious that Russia no longer has the capability to provide new, more modern tanks for its men.

The Ukrainian General Staff also announced the spotting of the old tank on the battlefield, stating that Russian troops had incurred the destruction of 6 tanks in just the past 24 hours, forcing them to use damaged military equipment to continue with their operation.

“As a result of combat losses, the enemy is forced to remove T-62 tanks from storage to equip backup battalion tactical groups, formed to send to Ukraine. In addition, damaged and recovered equipment is used to make up for the losses of arms and military equipment.”

“Over the past 24-hours, 11 enemy attacks have been repelled in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions, six tanks destroyed (as well as) ten units of combat armoured equipment and six units of (the) enemy’s vehicle equipment.”

T-62 main battle tank laying a smokescreen (Unknown authorUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons). Source:
T-62 main battle tank laying a smokescreen (Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

These reports come after the Russians suffered an embarrassing defeat while trying to cross the Siverskyi Donets River located near the town of Bilohorivka while trying to encircle Ukrainian forces. Setting up pontoon bridges, the Russians apparently did not have air reconnaissance to warn them of Ukrainian troops nearby. They were utterly destroyed after heavy artillery rained on them while they were trying to cross the river. As a result, some 100 Russian vehicles were destroyed.

This prompted the recent deployment of Russia’s “Terminator” tank, as they’ve been spotted rolling with T-72s in Luhansk, possibly to provide cover and suppressive fire against enemy units.