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Russia to show off captured Western vehicles during Victory Day celebrations

Russia will showcase captured British armoured vehicles alongside a haul of seized Nato tools in Moscow to coincide with its Victory Day celebrations commemorating the tip of the Second World War.

The month-long exhibition will characteristic 30 completely different vehicles from 12 international locations, together with German Leopard 2 tanks and American Bradley infantry combating vehicles seized on the battlefields of Ukraine, the Russian defence ministry stated.

Footage of the line-up of Western {hardware} shared on social media appeared to show a British-donated Mastiff and Husky armoured vehicles, the latter adorned with the British and Nato flags.

A Russian soldier looks at a British Mastiff armoured vehicle, which was captured in UkraineA Russian soldier looks at a British Mastiff armoured vehicle, which was captured in Ukraine

A Russian soldier appears at a British Mastiff armoured car, which was captured in Ukraine – Getty Images

Unverified video shared by Russian sources additionally purports to show the wreckage of an American-made Abrams predominant battle tank that was just lately captured in combating near the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka being transported to be displayed in Moscow’s Victory Park.

Victory Park is an open-air museum within the Russian capital opened to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

But lately it has turn into a homage to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, celebrating claimed successes “against Ukrainian militants and their Western supporters”.

The Russian defence ministry stated the brand new show would comprise “vehicles and small arms from foreign armies, combat documents, maps, ideological literature and equipment”.

Other vehicles to be showcased embody the Swedish CV90 combating car, the French AMX-10 mini tank and a British Saxon armoured personnel service, which was donated to Kyiv in 2015.

A correspondent from the Zvezda Russian army channel praised the situation of a captured German-made Marder combating car, claiming: “It is in almost perfect condition, but you can see slight dents from impacts, probably from FPV [first person-view] drones.”

The same occasion was held final yr at Patriot Park close to Moscow, the place Russia additionally showcased a sequence of captured Western army tools, seemingly misplaced by Ukraine during its summer time counter-offensive.

M113 carriers on show

On show have been American-made M113 armoured personnel carriers, which will even be featured on this yr’s exhibition, and an intact, cruise missile.

Kyiv’s forces misplaced a lot of vehicles that grew to become slowed down in huge Russian minefields and have been finally deserted by Ukrainian troops retreating underneath heavy Russian artillery and drone bombardments.

A Russian serviceman guards captured armoured vehiclesA Russian serviceman guards captured armoured vehicles

A Russian serviceman guards captured armoured vehicles – SERGEI ILNITSKY/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/Shutterstock

The Telegraph can’t verify whether or not the tools on show this yr was newly captured.

Ukrainian forces just lately withdrew their fleet of Abrams tanks from the frontline after 5 confirmed losses, US officers stated.

Ukraine’s forty seventh Brigade, the one unit to function the American tanks, disputed this declare.

Russian state media has filmed the wreckage of what seems to be an Abrams, its tracks blown off and its hull charred from a probable drone hit, being towed behind a Soviet-era tank.

Pro-Kremlin sources recommended that it was being taken to Moscow as a part of the celebrations.

The tank was stated to have been captured following the current battle of Berdychi, a village to the West of Avdiivka, which Ukrainian forces withdrew from over the weekend.

Ukraine has additionally put destroyed Russian tanks on show in central Kyiv, however its forces usually repurpose captured vehicles to be used on the battlefield.

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