[우크라 침공] The Donbass tank battle looks like it’s going to happen… Tanks are essential for war in the 21st century

The biggest tank war since World War II… Russia’s main force is the T-72

Russian tanks enter Mariupol, Ukraine

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(London = Yonhap News) Correspondent Choi Yun-jeong = The battle between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine is predicted to be the largest tank battle since World War II.

Richard Barrence, former commander of the British Joint Command, said in an article in the Sunday Times on the 17th (local time), giving an expected situation for the Donbass battle.

According to former commander Barrons, the Russian tank is primarily the T-72, originally designed in the USSR and has been modernized several times.

If you see them running at a speed of up to about 50 km/h on the plain and running from 1.6 km away, it means that they are already bombarding you and they can attack you in 2 minutes.

It is equipped with a 125 mm diameter main gun capable of destroying other tanks at a minimum of 2 km and a missile system with a range of up to 4 km. Even at night, it can fire from a distance of at least 1 km.

It is an armored vehicle that protects against bullets and shell fragments, and is often equipped with explosive-reactive armor that detects an attack and triggers an explosion to thwart the attack.

The Ukrainian Army also has the same tank, so if the Ukrainian Army, who is familiar with it, seizes a Russian tank, they drag it to a tractor and use it after remodeling.

The Russian military is expected to concentrate its aircraft, missiles, armored forces and logistics as much as possible in Donbass, trying to focus on one thing rather than failing by doing too many things at once.

They will also act under the single command of the commander, Alexander Dvornikov, who has gained experience in Syria. An integrated command system makes a big difference.

The Ukrainian Army is also expected to send two-fifths of its troops, including the most elite units, to Donbas. In military history, it is not easy to win if well organized and united in defense.

In addition, the Ukrainian army fights for their families and homeland, while the Russian army wants to go home. The morale is different.

Ukrainian soldiers waving as they enter the Russian withdrawal village
Ukrainian soldiers waving as they enter the Russian withdrawal village

(Reuters: Reuters) Ukrainian soldiers wave their tanks as they enter the town of Colichuka outside the northern city of Chernivu on April 5, 2019. It is known that the Russian military has recently withdrew from the capitals of Kiev (Kyiv) and Cherniv, and concentrated its attacks on the eastern Donbas region and the southeastern city of Mariupol. 2022.4.17 leekm@yna.co.kr

Some analysts think Russia will simply repeat the mistakes of the past in Donbass, but that is too optimistic. The Russian army will try to use a ‘shock operation’ that combines speed and firepower to overwhelm the opponent before he can react.

Infantry in light armored vehicles goes with the tank, taking advantage of the impact effect and protecting the tank in confined spaces such as forests and cities. Massive artillery attacks the target area and lock the opposing forces in bunkers until the end.

The operation will require months of significant training, but the Russian military does not appear to have completed it yet. The Russian army is likely to attack the Ukrainian anti-tank defense positions on the ground and in the air before the tank war.

Former commander Barrons said the battle of Donbas will prove that even in the 21st century, tanks will still be essential to occupy territory and defeat enemy forces.

However, he said that in the digital age, technology such as smart air defense equipment and small unmanned aerial vehicles should be utilized.

merciel@yna.co.kr

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