NewsUkrainian soldiers face armament deficiencies while Russians resort to antiquated T-55 tanks

Ukrainian soldiers face armament deficiencies while Russians resort to antiquated T‑55 tanks

Russian T-55 on the front somewhere in Ukraine.
Russian T-55 on the front somewhere in Ukraine.
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3:44 AM EST, January 31, 2024, updated: 4:37 AM EST, March 7, 2024

The situation for Ukrainian soldiers on the battlefield is dire. They are running low on ammunition and essential weaponry. To intensify this issue, the American Congress has stalled on a decision to continue supporting Ukraine, causing a delay in the supply of crucial equipment. However, Ukraine isn't the only country dealing with equipment problems.

Frontline Russian soldiers have now been armed with T-55 tanks. Experts unequivocally agree that these machines belong in a museum rather than in any modern battlefield.

The T-55 tanks date back to the 1950s. Despite an obvious mismatch with the demands of twenty-first-century warfare, the Russian forces battling severe equipment shortages, have no choice but to resort to their use.

General Roman Polko stands firm on the idea that using T-55s in modern warfare, demonstrates the Russian armed forces' vulnerability, as well as a shocking disregard for their own soldiers.

"These are relics, akin to providing soldiers with an illusion of protection. These outdated tanks, made of solid steel, lack the fire-control systems, barrels and capabilities to utilize modern ammunition. In a confrontation, these tanks stand no chance against even the modern armored vehicles," stated the former commander of Grom, as quoted by an independent portal.

Desperation forces use of outdated equipment. T-55 fills the gap

Although the T-55's ineffectiveness in a contemporary battlefield is widely criticized, it doesn’t change the fact that desperate circumstances push people to desperate measures. The Russian forces are making use of whatever resources they have left, regardless of its actual usefulness, especially in the face of heavy losses.

According to estimated data released by the British ministry, since the war began, Russia has lost around 6300 tanks. Just since the start of this year's offensive, they have been losing several machines each day.

Media reports suggest that despite severe sanctions, the Russian Federation is still able to produce about 100 tanks a month. However, this is far from enough to match their needs, hence they are resorting to deploying old machines, which should have been relegated to museums, on the frontline.

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