Monday, October 2, 2023

UKRainian Soldiers Heartened by Delivery of US Abrams Tanks; UKR Missile Forces Hit 13 Enemy Artillery Units and EW Station; RUssia Has Lost 90 Aircraft in Combat Since War Started; UKR SBU Drones successfully Target Substation Powering RU Military Facilities in RU's Kursk Oblast, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

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Ukrainian soldiers heartened by delivery of U.S. Abrams tanks:
DONETSK REGION, Ukraine, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Ukrainian tank crews in the eastern front see the first delivery of U.S. Abrams tanks to Kyiv as a boost that will offer them more protection and firepower in battle.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday that Ukraine had taken delivery of its first shipment of U.S. jet-powered Abrams tanks to help in the defence against Russia's invasion.
Mark Milley, the top U.S. general, has said he regards M1 Abrams tanks as the world's best and that they "will make a difference" in the 19-month-old war. With a powerful engine, 120 mm main gun and special armour, the Abrams tank is particularly lethal against heavy armour forces.
Ukrainian tank crews training in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine said that once they were deployed, the Abrams tanks would be a big step up from the Soviet-era tanks they are currently operating.
"The Abrams tank....has protection against ammunition detonation. (This tank) does not have it. If ammunition detonates, there is no chance to survive," said tank driver Vitalii, 29.
A tank commander who uses the call-sign "Wel" said his team needed the additional firepower and protection offered by the Abrams and other Western tanks, such as the German-made Leopard.
"It would be better to have foreign weapons. The armour is better and they are more effective, I believe," he said as tank crews advanced in their Soviet-era tanks across wooded terrain and scrubland during recent drills.
Using a derogative term for Russians, he said: "My friends who were trained to drive Leopard tanks and took part in assaults told me that T-72 tanks which belong to the Orcs were penetrated (by the Leopard tanks) as if it were a frying pan. Very quick. It takes only one or two shells and there is nothing left." --->READ MORE HERE
Ukrainian missile forces hit 13 enemy artillery units and EW station – General Staff:
Thirty-three combat clashes have been recorded at the front today. Missile forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit 13 artillery units and an EW station of the enemy.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said this in its evening update on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.
"Throughout the day, aircraft of the Defense Forces launched 11 strikes on enemy manpower weapons and military equipment clusters, as well as two strikes on their anti-aircraft missile systems. Units of the missile forces struck one enemy manpower, weapons and military equipment cluster, an anti-aircraft missile system, 13 artillery units and an EW station," the report says.
Throughout the day, 33 combat clashes have been recorded.
In total, the enemy launched 5 missile attacks and 38 airstrikes, carried out 19 MLRS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops and populated areas. As a result of Russian terrorist attacks, there are dead and wounded among the civilian population. Damage was caused to private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure.
The operational situation in the east and south of Ukraine remains difficult. --->READ MORE HERE
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