Russia is transferring T-54 and T-55 tanks to Ukraine, the production of which started right after World War II, according to the independent investigative project Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). Referring to these reports, the former GROM commander, General Roman Polko, assessed that “Russia really fights like Stalin, treats its soldiers as cannon fodder, gives them equipment from a bygone era, condemning them to die in waves.”
On Wednesday, the independent investigative project Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) released photos and videos showing the sightings a train carrying T-54 and T-55 tanksheading west Russia. CIT learned that the train left the town of Arsenyev in Primorsky Krai in Russia’s Far East, which is home to the Central Tank Reserve and Storage Base. The photo shows the T-54 tanks and the later T-55 model.
General Polko: Russia fights like under Stalin
General Roman Polko, referring to the possibility of Russia using tanks developed during World War II in combat, said that “this shows the weakness of the Russian armed forces and, at the same time, the ruthless treatment of its own soldiers.”
– These are tanks from a completely different era, Russia really fights like under Stalin, treats its soldiers as cannon fodder, gives them equipment from a bygone era, condemning them to die in waves – he added.
The former GROM commander pointed out that the T-55 tanks have very limited possibilities of operation, firing on the move or at night. – These are monuments, it’s like giving soldiers the illusion that anything protects them. These are obsolete tanks made of solid steel and barrels that do not meet the conditions and possibilities of using modern ammunition, and the lack of fire control systems. In confrontation, even with modern combat vehicles, these tanks have no chance – he assessed.
Bakhmut offensive ‘never really accelerated’
When asked whether the Russian offensive near Bakhmut was slowing down, he assessed that it “has never really accelerated”. He said that the strength of the Russians is evidenced by the fact that the “second army of the world” for half a year failed to capture the town, where it probably lost more soldiers than the number of inhabitants of the city at the moment.
“Even if they manage to get that Bakhmut, it’ll be a Pyrrhic victory.” These losses are disproportionate to the benefits that would be gained even now, he assessed.
Main photo source: twitter.com/CITeam_ru