Russia Shows ‘Trophies’, Says US, UK, Poland Weapons Seized

Russian officials showed apparent trophies, including US weapons, that their military allegedly captured during the war in Ukraine.

On Sunday August 7, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) shared images of a handful of weapons believed to have been seized from Ukrainian forces.

In the 2 minute and 15 second clip, Russian soldiers could be seen holding and talking about the weapons, which included a portable anti-tank javelin

Officials said the small amount of weapons on display were obtained during what Russian officials call a “special military operation”.

A Russian soldier holding a Javelin anti-tank launcher. The loot was shared on Telegram.
Russian Defense Ministry/ Telegram

The Russian Ministry of Defense said in the Telegram message: “Among the trophies, the weapons are mainly of foreign manufacture. Hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers made in Britain, the United States, Poland, Sweden, including including Javelin and Carl Gustaf missile systems, as well as Soviet-made heavy machine guns and small arms abandoned by Ukrainian nationalists.

“Servicemen from the reconnaissance unit also spoke about the circumstances of the capture of weapons during reconnaissance and search operations.”

Russia’s display of weapons pales in comparison to the tanks and other equipment that were captured by Ukrainian soldiers.

Since the start of the war, Russia has lost some 5,000 military vehicles in Ukraine, according to analysis by Oryx, an open-source military equipment tracking site.

Russia has also claimed to have destroyed a number of US-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), although Western nations have questioned these claims.

The soldiers in the clip also reinforced the Russian narrative that the war was fought to fight alleged Nazi control of Ukraine, a claim that has been denied by Kyiv.

According to Russian state-affiliated media outlet Tass, one of the soldiers in the clip added: “We found this machine gun on the edge of the edge, it was fully equipped, three boxes full of 12.7 armor rounds.

“A skull and a swastika were painted on one of the boxes.”

At the start of the war, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that the aim of the conflict was to “denazify” the country.

The apparent justification has been widely dismissed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as Western leaders.

Newsweek contacted the office of the President of Ukraine and the Kremlin for comments.

The video comes as Russia finds it “increasingly difficult” to carry out its invasion of Ukraine, according to Dan Rice, special adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzzhnyi.

After failing to capture the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the Russian military redirected its efforts to securing the separatist region of Donbass, an area with a large number of Russian speakers.

Rice praised Ukraine for its “great job” in defending the country against Russian forces and criticized the invading forces for using a Soviet model of top-down leadership.


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