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British intelligence reported on Friday that Russia’s ancient Soviet-era tanks deployed three months into its war with Ukraine are potentially vulnerable to attack.

The U.K. Ministry of Defence stated in its daily intelligence briefing that Russia has likely transported 50-year-old T-62 tanks from “deep storage” to be used by its Southern Grouping of Forces (SGF) as it seeks to capture territory in southern Ukraine.

According to the ministry, the vehicles are “particularly vulnerable” to anti-tank weaponry, and their deployment on the battlefield demonstrates “Russia’s shortage of modern, combat-ready equipment.”

The British defense ministry said that Russia still doesn’t have full control over the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine because Ukrainian troops are still fighting back hard. Following the withdrawal of Russian forces from Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, the land has been the focus of Russia’s campaign against the country in recent weeks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is now seeking to seize the two largest eastern districts, Luhansk and Donetsk, where swaths of land have been under the hands of Kremlin-backed separatists since 2014.

“Russian ground forces continue their attempt to surround Severodonetsk and Lyschansk, recently capturing several villages north-west of Popasna,” the defense ministry announced.

If Russian forces take control of the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, they will have complete control over Luhansk.

“Russia is pressuring the Severodonetsk pocket although Ukraine retains control of multiple defended sectors, denying Russia full control of the Donbas,” according to the intelligence bulletin.

A senior US defense source told reporters Thursday that Putin has lost roughly 1,000 tanks, more than 350 artillery pieces, nearly 30 fighter bomber fixed-wing aircraft, and more than 50 helicopters more than three months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Recent photos of Russia’s outdated T-62 tanks near Melitopol train station in southeastern Ukraine reveal that Putin’s forces have sustained significant losses.

Between 1961 and 1973, 20,000 of these tanks were produced in the Soviet Union before being superseded in manufacturing and frontline troops by the newer T-72 main combat tank.

The vehicle is equipped with a semi-automatic 115 mm smoothbore cannon and was the Soviet Union’s final medium tank.

In a May 10 intelligence briefing, the British defense ministry stated that Russia’s defeats in the ongoing fight caused Putin to shift his intentions in what he continues to refer to as a “special military operation.”

According to the ministry, Russia misjudged Ukrainian opposition, resulting in “unsustainable losses” and “demonstrable operational failings,” preventing Russian President Vladimir Putin from announcing significant military success in Ukraine at the May 9 Victory Day celebration.

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