The Russian military and the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) continue to capture Western-supplied weapons from Kiev forces.
On May 3 and 4, Russian sources shared photos showing several US, British, French and German weapons which were recently captured from Kiev forces in the Donbass region.
The captured weapons included:
- Five US-made FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs);
- Four French-German-made MILAN ATGM launcher along with four missiles;
- Two British-made NLAW anti-tank missiles;
- Four German-made Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank weapons;
- One FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air-defense system (MANPADs).
The captured weapons also included Ukrainian-made Stugna-P remotely-controlled ATGM launcher along with at least two missiles.
So far, the West has delivered 60,000 antitank weapons and 25,000 anti-aircraft weapons to Kyiv forces. The delivers of some of these weapons, like the Javelin ATGMs and Stinger MANPADs, began before the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.
Western-supplied weapons have failed to hinder the advance of the Russian military and the armed forces of the DPR and LPR. Despite this, the West continues to dump more weapons into the hands of Kiev forces.
Now the West is betting that supplying Kiev forces with heavy weapons, like battle tanks and howitzer, will change the course of the war.