Russian forces capture Ukrainian Leopard 2A6 main battle tank [VIDEO]

By Defence Industry Europe

On April 21, social media platforms circulated a video showing a Ukrainian Leopard 2A6 main battle tank captured by Russian forces. The footage, which comprises two low-quality videos, reveals the damaged tank in different states of transport.


In the first video, likely older, the tank is seen being towed by a Russian technical support vehicle. The second, presumably more recent video, shows the tank being transported on a low-loader truck. The Leopard 2A6 appears to have been hit and abandoned, though the extent of the damage is unclear. Visible signs suggest there might have been a minor fire, and the tank’s tracks are missing.



The tank is believed to be an ex-German vehicle, one of 18 Leopard 2A6 tanks previously handed over from the Bundeswehr’s reserves. In addition to Germany, Portugal has also contributed three tanks of this type, with potential future deliveries of eight more units from Portugal and Greece, the latter in the Leopard 2A6HEL variant.



The Leopard 2A6 tanks represent some of the most modern equipment in the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ arsenal. Alongside 10 Strv 122 tanks, these Leopard tanks are crucial assets, making their loss particularly significant given their limited numbers and high strategic value.


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