Russian ‘Terminator’ Armor Joins War In Ukraine

Russian Armed Forces sent combat vehicles BMPT Terminator (Terminator) to Ukraine to take part in a special military operation here.

“BMPT joins armored trains, destroys positions, tank and anti-tank groups with rockets from Ukrainian side”, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti citing a Russian defense source May 18 said.

Tank support combat vehicle (BMPT) nicknamed Terminator (Terminator), manufactured by Russia to fight in Syria. The source said that experience from actual battles in Ukraine shows that Russian armored units need vehicles like BMPT combat vehicles to increase combat stability.

A recent video shared on social media showed at least four BMPTs moving with a convoy of Russian tanks in the Donbass region of Ukraine, but the exact location is unknown. The letter V is painted on the turret of a BMPT vehicle, one of the symbols used by the Russian Armed Forces fighting in Ukraine.

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In a video released on May 17, the BMPT armored support vehicle is said to be moving in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. Video: Youtube/Strela.

Russia is said to have deployed BMPT to the city of Severodonetsk in the Lugansk province of eastern Ukraine. Justin Crump, a former commander of Britain’s armored forces, said the move shows that “Russian forces are determined to attack the city of Severodonetsk.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on the use of BMPT in Ukraine.

The BMPT was developed from the experience gained during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan, when lighter infantry fighting vehicles such as the BMP-1 and BMP-2 were unable to deal comprehensively with enemy infantry.

BMPT uses the chassis of the T-72 main battle tank, equipped with a turret with two 30mm 2A42 cannons, four 9M120-1 Ataka rocket launchers, two AGS-17 grenade launchers and a 7.62 PKTM cannon . mm.

The Russian military signed a contract for the purchase of the first BMPT at the Army 2017 exhibition, but it is not clear how many units this force has in service. Open sources say that the Russian military received 10 BMPTs.

Russian combat vehicle BMPT Terminator (Terminator) at the Alabino training ground in Moscow, August 2017. Photo: RIA Novosti.

Russian combat vehicle BMPT Terminator (Terminator) at the Alabino training ground in Moscow, August 2017. Photo: RIA Novosti.

Russia launched a special military operation to “demilitarize and defascize Ukraine” on February 24. After more than 85 days of fighting, although Russia controlled 80% of the Donbass region, fighting here became a tug of war, especially in areas with difficult terrain.

Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov on May 17 assessed that the war with Russia has entered a protracted phase while Moscow prepares for a long-term military campaign to take full control of the Donbass region.

A senior Pentagon official said on condition of anonymity that Russian forces are now fighting in smaller groups in eastern Ukraine, rather than attacking with large battalion-level units as before, to counter the logistical, organizational structure on the battlefield.

Frontline of the battlefield in eastern Ukraine.  Click here for details.

Frontline of the battlefield in eastern Ukraine. Click here for details.

Nguyen Tien (Corresponding RIA Novosti)