Putin Embarrassed as Display of Seized British Armored Vehicles Backfires

Ukraine's tactical drone strikes disrupt Russian military exhibition

by Zain ul Abedin
Putin Embarrassed as Display of Seized British Armored Vehicles Backfires
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In a bold display that quickly became an international embarrassment, Russian President Vladimir Putin experienced a setback shortly after proclaiming, "Victory is inevitable." The incident occurred as Moscow showcased captured British tanks in a pompous exhibition, only days after Ukraine showcased its adept use of modestly priced drones to neutralize a major Russian radar system.

The £6 million Podlyot radar complex, a pivotal asset in Russia's military infrastructure capable of tracking up to 200 targets simultaneously, was obliterated by a Polish-made kamikaze 'Warmate' drone costing merely £21,000.

The drone struck the radar's core component - the mobile spinning dish - demonstrating a stark disparity in warfare economics and effectiveness. This strategic blow to Russian military capabilities came just as preparations were underway to inaugurate an exhibition of captured military hardware in Moscow's Victory Park on May 1.

The display, intended to celebrate Russian military successes "against Ukrainian militants and their Western supporters," featured various captured British and American armored vehicles and tanks. These were ironically stationed beneath banners proclaiming, "Our victory is inevitable," in an area historically dedicated to the Soviet Red Army’s triumphs over Nazi Germany.

Exhibition Omits Ukraine's Wins

However, the ongoing conflict, now entering its third year, persists with no clear end. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry credited the Geese 9 Unit for the successful drone attack, emphasizing that the destroyed Podlyot system was a recent addition to the Russian arsenal, deployed only since 2015.

Amidst these developments, the exhibition in Moscow failed to acknowledge Ukraine's effective use of drones, which have recently led to the destruction of several Russian warplanes. The exhibit features an array of international military equipment including an American Bradley tank, a Swedish CV90, and a French-made AMX-10RC, along with weaponry and tanks from nine other nations such as Turkey and Australia.

In the backdrop of these military displays, the U.S. has bolstered Ukraine's arsenal with a $60.8 billion aid package, enhancing their capabilities with precision missiles, sea drones, and advanced tanks. However, the battlefield dynamics have evolved, with Ukraine adjusting tactics due to the challenges posed by deploying high-profile assets like the $10 million Abrams tanks, which are increasingly vulnerable to Russian drone assaults.