The Russian military continues to captured recently-supplied, Wester-made weapons from Kiev forces in the Donbass region.
On May 20, Russian sources shared photos showing some advanced Western-made weapons which were captured from Kiev forces during a recent battle on a frontline near the city of Izium.
The captured weapons included:
- Three US-made FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile along with a Command Launch Unit (CLU). Kiev forces have so far received more than 5,000 Javelin missiles and at least 377 CLUs for the system from the US, the UK, France and Estonia.
- Five German-made MATADOR anti-tank weapons. Kiev forces have so far received more than 5,100 MATADOR weapons from Germany.
- Two Swedish-made AT4 recoilless anti-tank weapons. Kiev forces have so far received more than 10,000 AT4 weapons from Sweden and 6,000 others from the US.
- A British-made NLAW anti-tank missiles. Kiev forces have so far received at least 4,200 NLAW missiles from the UK and 100 others from Luxembourg.
- A US-made M72 LAW anti-tank weapon. Kiev forces have so far received 4,500 rounds of the weapons from Canada, 4,000 from Norway and 2,700 others from Denmark.
- A US-made FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air-defense system (MANPADs). Kiev forces have so far received more than 2,250 Stinger MANPADs from the US, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.
In total, the West delivered 60,000 anti-tank weapons to Kyiv forces over the last few months. The delivers of some of these weapons, like the Javelin, NLAW and Stinger, began even before the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.
The Russian military and the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) have already captured or destroyed loads of Western-made weapons.
The West hopes that it could prolong the war in Ukraine and weaken Russia by continuing to pump weapons into the hands of Kiev forces.