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Defense Express’ Weekly Review: russia's Tank Stocks Are Running Out, Blocking of Bayraktar TB2 Drones Procurement, Downing of a russian A-50U Aircraft

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Bayraktar TB2 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Archive photo
Bayraktar TB2 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Archive photo

Digest of Defense Express on the main events of the week

russia's Tank Stocks Are Running Out: More and More Outdated Equipment Is Being Used by Invaders Against Ukraine

During February, the number of cases of using outdated equipment of the russian Armed Forces on the battlefield rapidly increased.

Instead of reducing the pace of attacks on Ukrainian positions along the entire front and stockpiling weapons and ammunition, putin is going all-in, trying to capture as many Ukrainian towns and villages as possible before the elections. The price of these political decisions may be a significant reduction of the offensive potential of the russian troops in a few months.

Read more: Chronicle of russia's Bloodiest War Crimes in Ukraine in 2023

Ukrainian Forces Shoot Down a russian A-50U Aircraft Over the Krasnodar Krai

The Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reports the downing of a russian A-50U airborne early warning and control aircraft on February 23, 2024, near Primorsko-Akhtarsk on the Sea of Azov.

The A-50U aircraft , Defense Express
The A-50U aircraft

The loss of A-50U weakens russia’s ability to conduct operations in the region

Saab Says It Would Be a Fairly Rapid Process to Send Gripen Aircraft to Ukraine

In addition to the F-16 multifunctional fighter jets, that Ukraine may receive this summer, the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen aircraft is considered to be one of realistic options to strengthen the Ukrainian Air Force. However, the decision to transfer these aircraft has not been made at the official level yet.

The Swedish JAS 39 Gripen aircraft , Defense Express
The Swedish JAS 39 Gripen aircraft / Photo credit: Saab

France and Greece Block the Purchase of Bayraktar TB2 Drones for the Ukrainian Military

France and Greece have blocked the purchase of Bayraktar TB2 drones for the Ukrainian Armed Forces using funds from the European Union, citing the condition that only defense products manufactured in EU countries should be bought with EU money.

Bayraktar TB2 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Defense Express
Bayraktar TB2 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Archive photo

Key Component Revealed in Successful HIMARS Strike on russian Training Ground in Kherson Region

The high-precision strike on the training ground of the russian occupiers in the Kherson region became possible thanks to the work of the Shark reconnaissance drone by Ukrspecsystems.

Despite Constant russian Attacks, Ukrainian Manufacturers Develop Serial Production of 2S22 Bohdana Howitzer

Ukrainian manufacturers have not only launched the serial production of the 155-mm 2S22 Bohdana self-propelled howitzers, which are so much needed by the army, but also continue to improve them.

Ukrainian 2S22 Bohdana self-propelled howitzers, Defense Express
Ukrainian 2S22 Bohdana self-propelled howitzers / Photo credit: Public Affairs Office of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Defenders of Ukraine Destroy russian Base Full of Tanks, Using FPV-Drones

Tasks that earlier could only be performed by artillery or aviation now can be accomplished with the help of FPV-drones.

Destruction of russian base with armored vehicles by the Bulava unit of the Separate Presidential Brigade named after Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky
Destruction of russian base with armored vehicles by the Bulava unit of the Separate Presidential Brigade named after Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky / Screenshot from the video

Ukrainian Border Guards Neutralize 13th Rare Murom-M System

The border guards of the 15th Steel Border mobile border guard detachment are persistently engaged in detecting and neutralizing enemy reconnaissance equipment in the Kharkiv region.

russian Murom-M system, Defense Express
russian Murom-M system / screenshot from video

Ukrainian Commander Named the russia Losses in Avdiivka Sector in 4 Months

In just four months of the active phase of the Avdiivka defensive operation, the enemy's losses amounted to over 47,000 military personnel. Our soldiers also destroyed hundreds of tanks.

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Read more: Chronicle of the russian federation Crimes in Ukraine (January 2024)