Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

The Biden administration will work with allies to transfer Soviet-made tanks to bolster Ukrainian defenses in the country’s eastern Donbas region, a U.S. official said on April 1, echoed by Helen Cooper in The New York Times. It comes in response to a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Reports are indeed emerging that the U.S. will broker transfers of T-72 tanks from NATO countries’ Soviet-era stocks to Ukraine, Stetson Payne reports in The Drive.

British soldiers have taken up the challenge to sort and pack 84,000 surplus helmets bound for the Ukrainian military in just two weeks. Thirty members of the Midlands’ based “Poachers” from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, have been hard at work for the last week and completed the packaging of all the helmets last Friday, April 1.

Russia has already lost more than $10 billion worth of military equipment in Ukraine to date (April 1, 2020), the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement released on Telegram, Ukrinform reports. "Due to the coordinated interaction of troops and forces, a large amount of Russian equipment is being destroyed. The enemy has already lost [military equipment] worth more than $10 billion," the statement said.

Brendan Nicholson and Marcus Hellyer of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute report that, in a speech to Australia’s parliament on March 31 night, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky asked for ‘wonderful’ Bushmaster troop carriers, which he said could significantly help his country: ‘For example, you have wonderful Bushmaster armoured vehicles that can significantly help Ukraine. As well as other models of equipment and weapons that can strengthen our position. If you have the opportunity, Ukraine will be grateful to you.

As largely documented by countless pictures and videos posted on many social networks, Ukrainian forces continue to capture, or at least stumble across, numerous examples of some of Russia's most sophisticated ground combat hardware, on top of impressive numbers of common tanks, armored and soft-skin vehicles, often completely destroyed by anti-tank missiles fired from the ground or by attack drones, if not by artillery and tank fires.

British -made anti-aircraft missiles are about to be deployed by Ukraine in the conflict for the first time, Glen Owen reported on Daily Mail on 26 March 2022. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told The Mail that the Starstreak system – a MANPADS (man-portable missile) that travels at more than three times the speed of sound to take down low-flying enemy jets – was ready to be used imminently.

According to CNN, Ukraine has updated its wish-list of military equipment that it is requesting from the US with hundreds more missiles that weren't previously included in the last list, Jak Connor reports on TweakTown. The newly updated list features an increased number of FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles, with Ukraine stating that it needs 500 of each per day.

According to a picture published on the Twitter account of Ukraine Weapons Tracker on March 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces reportedly captured a 2S7M Malka 203mm self-propelled howitzer, which is considered the most powerful conventional artillery system in the world. In February 2022, videos were released on the Internet showing 2S7M Malka, a modernized version of the 2S7 Pion, in Belgorod on the way to the Ukrainian border.

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS and video published on Internet, Ukraine has used the Tochka-U surface-to-surface ballistic missile to reach a military target in the Donetsk region. On the other side, Russian armed forces have used Kinzhal hypersonic missile in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, and the anti-ship missile system Bastion to destroy Ukrainian military facilities near the Black Sea port of Odesa.

According to information published by the Russian press agency RIA Novosti on March 18, 2022, Russian armed forces have used for the first time Kinzhal hypersonic missile launched from an aircraft to destroy a Ukrainian military depot of ammunition in the village of Deliatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, located about 100 km from the border with Romania.

According to information published on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on 17th March 2022, 6.00 pm, the situation in Ukraine was as follows: Russian occupation troops have lost their offensive potential and will be stopped in all directions, the Ministry writes. The Russian armed forces have significant logistical problems and continue to bear losses. In some directions, the blocking by the Ukrainian Armed Forces is implemented.

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