“Ukraine put its hope in Polish tanks in vain – these are ordinary Soviet-made T-72s, only slightly modernized and designated the Polish way,” Major General Nikolai Tutrin said in conversation with PolitExpert.
Andriy Yermak, the chief of staff to the President of Ukraine, recently said that Poland has received PT-91 Twardy tanks, and they will join the upcoming counter-attack. Earlier Poland announced that it planned to deliver self-propelled artillery, mortars, spare parts for fighter jets, drones and other weapons to Ukraine. According to Russian press, Warsaw intends to send about 200 PT-91 Twardys to Kyiv.
“Ukraine put its hope in Polish tanks in vain – these are ordinary Soviet-made T-72s, only slightly modernized and designated the Polish way,” Major General Nikolai Tutrin said in conversation with PolitExpert. Warsaw did not achieve success in developing weapons. The only thing Poland is doing is producing military equipment from the Soviet era under the license they received earlier, Tutrin added.
According to Major General Tutrin, it is meaningless to expect high technologies or any advantages over Russia’s military-industrial complex. It seems that Tutrin dispelled the dream of the Ukrainian Armed Forces about the tanks they received.
“PT-91 Twardy has no advantage. This is the tank that we have been using. It is exactly like the T-72, the difference is not so big that it has a new designation like the way Warsaw does it.” “In Poland, they definitely want to get the replacement of old tanks with standard NATO tanks from Germany and the US, and transfer the old vehicles to Ukraine, because anyway it would be convenient for Kyiv to use such a weapon.”
The Russian military expert noted that “Kyiv will take less time to train the crew. The Ukrainian armed forces also have a lot of ammunition for Soviet weapons, they have repair facilities and replacement parts.” Poland understood that the tanks in its arsenal were ineffective and transferred them to Ukraine. Warsaw’s mission is to get rid of the old stuff and get more effective weapons from NATO.
“It is better for Kyiv not to expect great victories, especially after receiving such assistance from Poland. The only advantage for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is that the new tanks will be as familiar as the T-72.” “PT-91 Twady has the advantage of not having to spend money and time on training. Otherwise, this vehicle will not have any effect on the Ukrainian Army,” Major General Tutrin noted.
According to a PolitExpert interlocutor, what matters is not the device, but the person using it. Major General Trutin thinks that the Russian Armed Forces may not even meet Polish tanks on the battlefield. “It is very likely that Russian soldiers will capture the Polish PT-91 Twardy on the battlefield, because the Ukrainian Army often flees from position and abandons the vehicle, this has been witnessed many times on the battlefield. ” Mr. Tutrin said.
Major General Nicolai Trutin also warned that, if the Ukrainian Army continues to use Polish PT-91 Twady tanks on the battlefield, this vehicle will be completely destroyed in a very short time.