Russian military officials released a video showing Russian soldiers performing repairs on armored vehicles in the field and returning them to service.
New turrets can be seen being fitted to tanks, as rows of them appear to be returned to service. Footage shows the repaired vehicles opening fire, presumably to make sure their long guns can still fire. We can see tanks loaded on the back of trucks at the end of the sequence.
The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on June 2: “Specialists from our repair and restoration units are carrying out work during the special military operation.”
“The military carry out the repair of weapons and military equipment in the field. In order to return equipment to service as soon as possible, specialists use the modular repair method, replacing defective parts with usable parts from the repair fund, or removing captured equipment from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“This method of repair allows you to significantly reduce the time of bringing defective weapons into service.
“After recovery, the equipment returns to its formations and military units.”
We have reached out to Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment, but had not received a response at the time of writing.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “special military operation.” June 3 marks the 100th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to June 2, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to about 30,850 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia lost 1,363 tanks, 3,354 armored fighting vehicles, 661 artillery systems, 207 multiple rocket launcher systems, 95 anti-aircraft systems, 210 combat aircraft, 175 helicopters, 2,325 motor vehicles and tankers, 13 ships, 521 unmanned aerial vehicles, 51 special equipment units and 120 cruise missiles.
Analysts say more than 70% of the city of Sievierodonetsk is now controlled by invading Russian forces, with almost all essential infrastructure and housing destroyed.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a June 1 statement that its Yars mobile missile systems, which can carry nuclear warheads and have a reported range of more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), were carrying out “operations intensive maneuvers on combat patrol routes in the Ivanovo region”. Region”, east of the Russian capital Moscow.
It comes after President Joe Biden said he would send more advanced rocket systems to Kyiv that will help hit enemy forces at longer ranges. These rocket systems have double the range of the rocket systems used by Russian forces and are said to be much more accurate.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.