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Britain investigates captured Russian military equipment

Britain investigates captured Russian military equipment Illustrative photo: Britain investigates captured Russian equipment (Getty Images)
Author: RBC Ukraine

According to Sky News, Britain is investigating Russian equipment captured by Ukrainian forces to learn more about how to defend against a hypothetical future attack.

Admiral Tony Radakin, the Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, stated that Russia's war against Ukraine has been a "wake-up call" for the British Armed Forces, requiring them to be faster and more daring in their implementation of measures.

When asked about what Britain has learned from studying the captured Russian military machinery in Ukraine, Radakin said, "It's genuinely important because we are in the club of nations, and when we receive Russian equipment or equipment from other countries that could pose a threat to us in the future, we share that knowledge."

"But we also have scientists who analyze the details, to a truly forensic level, of what another country might have, and that helps us understand: how does their equipment work? How can we defeat it? How can we have even better armor? How can we disrupt their communications? How can we ensure penetration through their defense? And that's what we're doing," he added.

Furthermore, the departing Defense Secretary of Britain, Ben Wallace, described Ukraine as a "battle lab" for Ukrainian forces and their Western allies who experiment with new types of weapons and technologies to combat the Russian military.

"They have had to take risks and experiment with things they didn't know whether they worked or not, and they have become a battle lab for their armed forces, and it showed us the way," he said.

The politician acknowledged regret over the circumstances that led to this situation but stated, "It showed us how we need to act in the 21st century on a new battlefield."

Captured equipment

During the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south and east last year, our soldiers captured a large amount of Russian equipment. Even by conservative estimates, Russia became a leader in the "supply" of heavy equipment and weapons to the Ukrainian army.

Ukrainian military personnel capture enemy equipment, repair it, and use it against the aggressors.

Previously, The Washington Post reported that despite the Ukrainian Armed Forces capturing hundreds of Russian tanks, APCs, and BMPs, much of the equipment remains idle in hangars as finding spare parts for it is not easy.