The Russian military is said to have deployed Cold War-era T-62 medium tanks to the areas it occupied.
Photos surfaced on social media today showing a freight train carrying a convoy of older T-62 medium tanks bound for the city of Melitopol, southern Ukraine, captured by the Russians.
The T-62 from the 1960s was a Soviet medium tank. The first prototype of the T-62 was completed in 1959. In 1961 the tank was officially accepted into service with the Soviet Army.
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Russia may be facing a “shortage” of modern tanks and trying to make up for the shortfall with outdated combat vehicles.
A group of researchers at Blog Oryxwho is compiling photographic and video evidence, reported that Russia is now visually confirmed to have lost 700 tanks since the start of its invasion of Ukraine three months ago.
According to open source intelligence analysts, Russia has lost 18 T-64s; 417 T-72s; 133 T-80s; 20 T-90; and 112 unidentified tanks.