Mechanics in Ukraine repair Russian tanks damaged and captured in battle so that Ukrainian forces can use them

Russian military vehicle Kharkiv Ukraine

The destroyed Russian military vehicle was seen on the road on the outskirts of Kharkov on February 26, 2022.Sergey Bobok / AFP via Getty Images

  • Mechanics in Kharkov are repairing Russian tanks so that Ukrainian forces can use them in battle.

  • A group of six mechanics worked from the warehouse of tanks and weapons, NIT reported.

  • Ukraine announced on Saturday that Russian troops were withdrawing from Kharkov after several weeks of shelling.

Mechanics in Ukraine are helping in the war effort by repairing Russian tanks so that they can return to the battlefield – this time to support Ukrainian forces.

A group of six mechanics worked in a warehouse in Kharkov, a city in eastern Ukraine that suffered some of the worst bombings since the Russian invasion on February 24, the New York Times reported on Friday.

Inside the warehouse, Russian tanks, weapons and some Ukrainian vehicles were damaged, and all of them were repaired or rearranged for use by Ukrainian forces. The publication reported that the work performed included searching for information in Russian equipment and rescuing parts from broken or burned tanks.

“Here we bring Russian tanks that we pulled out of the swamp, we repair them and use them against the Russians,” a mechanic who did not want to be named told the Times.

Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian troops were withdrawing from Kharkov, the second largest city in the country, after weeks of shelling. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Alexei Reznikov, said that the country is preparing for a new, long-term phase of the war.

Reports of civilians assisting in the war effort began before the full-scale invasion was officially launched. In January, civilian volunteers had already been trained to fight, and active soldiers and reservists taught them skills such as holding weapons and performing combat tactics.

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