The Network recalled that Pskov paratroopers captured their first Abrams more than 20 years ago

The Volunteer Telegram channel, amid reports of preparations for deliveries of American M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, published an archive photo with Pskov paratroopers on the Web. The caption to the picture states that the Russian military captured its first American tank back in 1999.

In the photo, Pskov paratroopers pose on a NATO tank in Kosovo. On board the combat vehicle is the inscription KFOR. This abbreviation was used by the peacekeeping mission, which operated in the region under the leadership of NATO.

The "volunteer" did not explain the circumstances under which the picture was taken. However, it is known that in June 1999, a battalion of Russian peacekeepers under the command of Colonel of the Airborne Forces Sergei Pavlov made a march 600 km through the territory of Bosnia and Yugoslavia, taking control of the Slatina airfield in Kosovo Pristina. The actions of the Russian paratroopers then shocked the representatives of the NATO bloc.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said last week that there was no point in sending M1 Abrams tanks to Kyiv. Washington will hand them over to Kyiv, but only because it was a condition for Germany to provide its equipment. According to the assessment of the military, Sullivan pointed out, German Leopard tanks would be much more useful for the Ukrainians.

U.S. Army veteran Glenn Girona, in an article for Newsweek, said that the supply of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine could face major logistical problems. Also, in his opinion, regardless of the level of training of Ukrainian tankers, their experience in working with American equipment will be zero. About sending a small number of tanks to Kyiv, Girona said that it has a symbolic meaning.

Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Defense of Poland, Mariusz Blaszczak, said that the first German tanks Leopard 2 arrived to the territory of Ukraine. The minister announced this during a meeting of the National Security Council of Poland, which took place on February 24. The day before, Polish sources informed that Warsaw would send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainians.
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  1. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
    Vox_Populi (vox populi) 27 February 2023 20: 13
    As far as we know, it seems that the forced march to Kosovo was not accompanied by hostilities and the seizure of equipment ... winked
  2. Andrey Kosarev Offline Andrey Kosarev
    Andrey Kosarev (Andrey Kosarev) 28 February 2023 14: 43
    I understand the desire to chase after a beautiful headline. But first there was the NATO peacekeeping operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina - SFOR. During which the country was divided into sectors, there was an American sector, in which the area of ​​​​responsibility of the Russian brigade was allocated. A march was made from it to Kosovo with the capture of the airport. After the completion of SFOR, operation KFOR began. For some time we controlled the airport, and then the American was leaked quietly. According to this photo, it was taken not from a captured tank, but against the background of a tank that participated in the mission. If I come up on the street and take a picture with a Bentley in the background, this does not mean that I captured it. At the turn of 2000, we actively cooperated with NATO, there was even a Russian military mission at the NATO headquarters in Kasto.
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  3. Gerurd Offline Gerurd
    Gerurd (Ivan) 28 February 2023 22: 25
    As soon as NATO made a rustle there, ours immediately made a dash to the airport to occupy. And before, ours didn’t want to take anything in Yugoslavia? Well, there .... cut down the genocide, no? "Where have you been 8 years?".
  4. polynet Offline polynet
    polynet (polinet) 1 March 2023 12: 15
    A Leopard tank with a Polish crew was captured by Russian troops near Bakhmut, Donbass Today correspondent reports with reference to the Come and See telegram channel
    1. Vox_Populi Offline Vox_Populi
      Vox_Populi (vox populi) 1 March 2023 19: 19
      No confirmation? Clearly, gentlemen are taken at their word... winked