A peculiar Ukrainian military buggy has been spotted being used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to fight off Russian tanks. How do we know that these all-terrain vehicles are blowing up tanks? Well, it has a Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile mounted on top of it. The resourceful Ukrainians are at it again with their unique weapons, with this Stugna-P mounted on a buggy.

It’s no secret that the Ukrainians have been using their ATGM systems to deadly use. The number of tanks destroyed by Ukrainian forces has been well-documented thanks to the internet and military experts who devote their time to identifying each one. A reputable source of these destroyed tanks is Oryx. So far, they have recorded that some 312 Russian tanks have been destroyed during the almost 3-month-old war, with another 17 damaged, 49 abandoned, and a whopping 222 captured. More so, the Russians aren’t looking too good as their tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod had halted production and servicing due to a low supply of parts and foreign components and they are forced to draw tanks from repair depots and put them back into operational condition.

Stugna-P ATGM, Mykhaylivska square in Kyiv (VoidWanderer, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons). Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stugna-P_ATGM,_Kyiv_2018,_37.jpg
Stugna-P ATGM, Mykhaylivska square in Kyiv (VoidWandererCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

That being said, it is unknown which tanks were destroyed by which ATGM as Ukraine operates a number of them, among them the Javelins, NLAWs, and the Panzerfaust 3. These weapons have gained national popularity among the normal populace of Ukraine. Both the Javelin and the NLAWs have received “sainthood” status as Ukrainians created imagery of Mary Magdalene carrying a US-made Javelin and another version carrying the British NLAW as symbols of resistance among Ukrainians. This led to a cult following of St. Javelin, a play on sainthood in Christian doctrines and the western weapon that sends their Russian enemies to the afterlife.

While the Ukrainians are 87% affiliated with some form of Christianity, it seems that they pair their prayerful hands with Western ATGMs to destroy their enemies. But of course, while we do have pride with our own Javelins, the Ukrainians do hold their very own Stugna-P in high regard as well.