Destroyed Russian tanks to be paraded across Europe by Ukraine

Ukraine claims Russia lost some 1 477 tanks and 3 588 armoured vehicles since the invasion began in February.
Burned-out Russian tank on display on Mykhaylivska square, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 5, 2022. Image: Daryna Krasnolutska, Bloomberg

Ukraine is planning to tour an exhibition of destroyed Russian military vehicles across Europe, as it strives to maintain public attention on the conflict.

“We’ll help to ensure that Russian tanks are in Europe, but as scrap,” Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov told Polish broadcaster Polsat in an interview. Ukraine plans to start the exhibition in Warsaw before moving on to Berlin, Paris, Madrid and Lisbon.

Ukraine claims Russia lost some 1 477 tanks and 3 588 armoured vehicles since the invasion began in February. Some of the missiles, burnt Russian tanks and other military vehicles are currently being displayed in downtown Kyiv.

Ukraine is urging the US and its European allies to supply more weapons for its military, which is under heavy barrage of Russian artillery fire in the country’s east. Still, in many European nations, the war is fading from public awareness with citizens increasingly focused on a growing cost-of-living crisis.

The European Union will decide on Ukraine’s bid for candidacy status to join the bloc this week. While the French, Italian and German leaders have already given their blessing, all member states must agree.

© 2022 Bloomberg

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