The Ukrainian military recently reported the destruction of two Chinese-made Desertcross 1000-3 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) near Krynky in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine.

This is a significant defeat for Russia in the ongoing conflict, showing vulnerabilities in their military equipment strategy and reliance on external sources.

The loss of these vehicles signifies a significant turning point in the equipment challenges the Russian military faces.

In response to operational needs, Russia turned to Chinese suppliers for the Desertcross 1000-3, indicating a shift in procurement strategies due to pressing demands on the ground.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Southern Military District headquarters in Rostov-on-Don to personally inspect and assess the state of his country’s forces in Ukraine as the war drags on toward its second winter battle.

In a video shared by a Russian state news agency, Putin was seen being greeted by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov shortly after arriving at the headquarters, which is less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Ukraine’s southeastern border.

The China-made Desertcross 1000-3 ATVs were among the military assets Putin inspects, illustrating Russia’s seriousness about this new acquisition.

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Following Putin’s inspection, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the leadership will continue to pursue its objectives in Ukraine.