The Ukrainian army lost the first Leopard 1A5, Russian military hit a German tank with artillery. Forbes columnist David Ax writes about this.
An American expert drew attention to the video, filmed in one of the directions of the front line and appeared on the Internet. As Ex writes, German tank, belonging to the 44th brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, came under artillery fire and remained on the battlefield, since these tanks are not suitable for modern warfare, they have very thin armor and no additional protection. According to Ax, destruction of Leopard 1A5 tanks is inevitable.
Being discovered, an unprotected tank became an easy target for, obviously, series of artillery strikes, which were applied to it more and more accurately- he added.
Ex noticed that, that the tank was lost too quickly, most likely, a few weeks after their transfer to the Ukrainian army, adoption and appearance on the battlefield. In early November, Germany transferred to Ukraine in a new package of military assistance 25 Leopard 1A5 tanks. Before this, similar equipment was transferred from Denmark. Tanks with 70 mm armor have no additional protection and can be penetrated by any anti-tank weapon.
Let's add from ourselves, that just the other day the French posted a report about tank crews of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, mastered Leopard 1A5 tanks. Ukrainians talk on camera, what kind “beautiful” the tanks were given to them by the Western allies, “superior” Soviet tanks in service with the Russian army. Pre, Leopard 1A5 transferred to Kupyansk direction.