New turrets can be seen being fitted onto tanks, as rows of them appear to be put back into service. The images show the repaired vehicles opening fire, presumably to make sure that their long guns can still fire. Tanks can be seen being loaded onto the back of trucks as the footage ends.
The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on June 2: “Specialists of our repair and restoration units carry out work during the special military operation.
“Servicemen carry out the repair of weapons and military equipment in the field. In order to return the equipment to service as soon as possible, specialists use the method of modular repair by replacing faulty parts with serviceable ones from the repair fund, or removing from the captured equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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“This method of repair allows you to significantly reduce the time for commissioning faulty weapons.
“After recovery, the equipment returns to its formations and military units.”
We contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,363 tanks, 3,354 armored fighting vehicles, 661 artillery systems, 207 multiple launch rocket systems, 95 anti-aircraft systems, 210 warplanes, 175 helicopters, 2,325 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 521 unmanned aerial vehicles, 51 units of special equipment, and 120 cruise missiles.
Analysts say over 70 percent of the city of Sievierodonetsk is now controlled by invading Russian forces, with almost all critical infrastructure and housing destroyed.
The Russian MoD said in a statement on June 1 that its Yars mobile missile systems, which can carry nuclear warheads and which boast a reported range of over 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles), were performing “intensive maneuvering operations on combat patrol routes in the Ivanovo Region”, east of the Russian capital Moscow.
This comes after President Joe Biden said he will send Kyiv more advanced rocket systems that will help to strike enemy forces from a longer distance. These rocket systems have double the range of the rocket systems used by Russian forces and are said to be much more accurate.