Best mass-produced version of T-90 tank was captured in Ukraine

KYIV ($1=36.56 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — In Ukraine, the best Russian tank that is serially produced and has taken and continues to take part in hostilities is the T-90M Proryv. Ukrainian media reports that units of the Ukrainian armed forces have captured a T-90M Proriv in the area of the Luhansk region.

Russian T-90M Proryv tank goes west to be studied by the Americans
Photo credit: Gagadget

This is not the first T-90M Proryv to become a victim of capture or destruction. According to mil.in.ua, which refers to information from Oryx, two T-90M Proryv were captured and two T-90M Proryv were destroyed. The first T-90M Proryv, as BulgarianMilitary.com wrote, was captured some time ago in the Kharkiv region. This happened at a time when the Russian armed forces had already begun to retreat.

The T-90M Proryv is the best version of the Russian T-90 tank. In recent months, UralVagonZavod made several deliveries of this model of tanks, a significant number of which were deployed in the Western Military District and the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.

The tank benefits from some upgrades, including anti-cumulative shields and a Relict dynamic defense system. It can also be equipped with an active protection complex “Arena-M”. As part of the M Proriv upgrade, the tank has a new, more powerful engine than previous versions of the tank, as well as a new turret. The tanks were equipped with a new multi-channel sight, which ensured the use of weapons at any time of the day.

Western Military District of Russia will receive T-90 Proryv tanks
Photo credit: Aleksey Mayshev

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that only about a week ago, on October 24, a train loaded with eight T-90s was spotted. Tanka was filmed by a security camera at the station in Samara. It is noteworthy that the tanks were “naked”, i.e. without installed anti-cumulative screens and dynamic protection system.

Earlier that month, a photo from the war in Ukraine showed a T-90 Bhishma tank. This tank is produced solely for the needs of the Indian Army. It later became clear that nearly two years ago, India had sent T-90 Bhishma tanks to Russia for modernization. It is not clear whether India got the tanks back from Russia, or whether Moscow decided to keep them for combat. A few days before the photo appeared on the web, India officially announced that there are no problems with Russian equipment, its modernization, and the supply of spare parts for it.

The last deliveries from UralVagonZavod of T-90M Proryv for the Russian army were in September of this year. Then, within a month, the largest tank manufacturer in Russia three times sent new batches of T-90M Proryv to replenish the inventory of the Russian army.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

New batch of eight 'naked' T-90 tanks is on its way to Ukraine
Video screenshop

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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