After the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Russian army appears to have left the Kharkiv region in the northeast, which had been occupied for the most part, left behind its newest main tank, the T-90M.
On the 18th (local time), the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine wrote on its official Twitter, “The Russian state-of-the-art T-90M tank has been found in the Kharkiv region” and “is in perfect condition”.
The Russian military is known to have only about 100 T-90Ms, which cost 6.3 billion won per unit.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also released photos taken inside and outside the tank.
Exterior photos show the tank lying in the forest covered in camouflage cloth. The fabric covering the tank is engraved with a white ‘Z’. It means Russian tank.
The internal pictures are of the transmission and various buttons for tank adjustment.
Ukraine’s defense ministry even mocked the owner of the tank, saying, “I want the owner of this tank to contact the Ukrainian military” and “raise a white flag to reveal his identity.”
The Washington Post previously reported that several tanks and armored vehicles were found in Kharkiv.
Therefore, if the claim of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is true, it can be interpreted that the tank was not taken care of as the Russian army quickly retreated.
Meanwhile, Russian forces were found to have committed atrocities, including electric torture and murder, in Kharkiv, a region recently retaken by Ukrainian forces.
According to a report by the BBC on the 13th, there are allegations that the Russian army used electric torture and even murdered local residents in Baraklia, Kharkiv, which the Ukrainian army recaptured.
Serhi Bolbinou, a senior police officer from Baraklia, said on Facebook that the Russian army regularly tortures prisoners at the local police station.
Artem, a resident of Baraklia, said he had been detained for 46 days in the local police station used by the Russian army as its headquarters and had also been tortured with electricity.
Another prisoner added that he was detained for 25 days for holding the Ukrainian flag.
The head of the school, Tatiana, also said that she had been held in the police station for three days and had heard screams in another cell.
Around 450 mass burial sites are also reported to have been discovered in Izium in northeastern Ukraine.
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