Ukrainian officer’s captured Putin tank breaks down so he ‘rings Russian tech support… who actually offer to help’
- Ukraine has so far captured around 200 of Russia’s T-72B3 tanks
- One operator, ‘Kochevnik’, cheekily called the Russian manufacturer for support
- He claims to have gotten through to a company director for tech support
A Ukrainian military officer claims he managed to get Russia to provide tech support for a broken down tank that was captured from Putin’s forces.
A Ukrainian tank operator with the callsign ‘Kochevnik’ ran into problems with his captured Russian T-72B3, and cheekily decided to call the manufacturer’s helpline.
To his surprise, a person from Uralvagonzavod, the tank’s manufacturer, picked up and began giving him advice and support over the phone, he claims.
The officer, who shared a video of his call on social media, said that the Russian-made tank was experiencing several major issues.
He told the Russian mechanic on the phone that the tank was spewing oil, its compressors were not working and the turret rotation mechanism kept failing, forcing his crew to rotate it with a hand crank.
‘Kochevnik’ ran into problems with his captured Russian T-72B3, and cheekily decided to call the manufacturer’s helpline
Ukraine has so far has captured around 200 of Russia’s T-72B3 tanks
The Russian man, who identified himself as Aleksander Anatolevich, was seemingly unaware that Kochevnik was a Ukrainian soldier, and promised to send his feedback to the designers of the tank.
Amazingly, he then seemingly managed to get hold of a director of the company called Andrey Abakumov.
The director asked the Ukrainian officer to share more details in a WhatsApp message, before Kochevnik revealed he was part of Ukraine’s army, which had captured the tank late last year.
He cackled as he ended the call with the Russian firm’s director.
Ukraine has so far has captured around 200 of Russia’s T-72B3 tanks, a newer model that Ukraine’s military has little experience with.
Earlier this year, Ukraine’s military paraded captured and destroyed Russian tanks through the streets of Kyiv in the lead up to the country’s second wartime Independence Day.
Ukrainians walked along Kreshchatyk Street in the heart of the capital staring at the charred shells of armoured combat vehicles and other bits of hardware, arranged in a long line like a military parade of the dead.
Residents in central Kyiv said they liked having the wrecked Russian hardware on display and that they hoped it would raise the fighting spirit of Ukrainians.