The “Terminator tanks” were brought within a few miles of the Ukrainian border just days before the invasion began, but it has taken a long time until now to see them deployed
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Vladimir Putin has turned to using his “Terminator tanks” in Ukraine for the first time as his invasion continues to falter.
Videos show the much-dreaded urban warfare armored vehicles reportedly stationed in Donbass, where fighting in Ukraine is now concentrated.
The deployment comes after Russia has so far suffered significant losses of its tanks at the hands of Ukrainian forces.
The capture of Russian tanks was so common that the Ukrainian government had to issue instructions on how to turn them over to the authorities to ensure they weren’t being driven around by ordinary Ukrainians.
This comes as Ukraine has said it has destroyed Russian tanks with British-made Brimstone missiles for the first time.
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In the days before Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February The terminator tanks were seen near the Ukrainian border .
The move came shortly after Russia announced it was withdrawing troops from the border and before Putin’s troops invaded Ukraine three days later.
The newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta confirmed that “a platoon of Terminator armored support vehicles was used for the first time in the Battle of Donbass.”
The BMPTs – or tank support combat vehicles as they are known – were seen near Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region.
“They are involved in fire destruction of Ukrainian positions, armored vehicles and crews of anti-tank missile systems,” a defense source told state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
The vehicles are equipped with grenade launchers, anti-tank systems and handguns, and were dubbed the Terminator by their manufacturers Uralvagonzavod.
They saw action in Syria, and it’s unclear why Putin’s generals have delayed action until now.
One theory has it that its besieged commanders don’t trust it to be as all-conquering as its name suggests.
Pro-Russian war reporter Alexander Sladkov wrote: “Thank God we’re starting to use Terminators.
“There may be problems and mistakes, but practice is everything.”
A steady stream of tanks can be seen in the videos rolling by along a residential street in Ukraine.
This all comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues into its 83rd day.
After Russia’s initial push to conquer Ukraine’s cities and urban centers, Russia quickly found its progress stalled in the face of stronger than expected resistance.
After its forces stalled for weeks outside of Kyiv but were unable to advance into the Ukrainian capital, Russia withdrew and regrouped in Donbass in the east of the country, where fighting is now concentrated.
Mariupol was one of the hotspots of fighting and the city where Russia made the most advances.
Ukrainian forces put up their last stand at the Azovstal Steel and Iron Works in the city.
However, over the past 24 hours, reports from around the city seem to indicate that the militants have surrendered but their fate is unknown.
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