Russian private forces Wagner have seized from Ukraine a US-made weapon after gaining momentum in the Soledar area in the Donbas.
Russia’s Wagner forces have seized a special fire control system of the US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile in Soledar.
Earlier, Wagner claimed to have gained control of the fire pan in the Eastern battlefield after a fierce war with Ukraine. The weapons may be left behind after Ukraine withdraws from some positions in Soledar.
The capture of the fire control system on the BGM-71 TOW can give Russia important intelligence information, helping Moscow understand the basic operating principles of anti-tank missiles launched by the US. manufacture. This can help Russia come up with a plan to deal with these missile systems in the next phase of hostilities.
The photo taken from the scene shows that the captured fire control system is relatively small, but it plays an important role as the “brain” to be able to control the anti-tank missile to attack the target throughout the journey. submit. This is a particularly important system with American anti-tank missiles.
On January 17, the head of the Donetsk separatist region Denis Pushilin announced that pro-Russian forces in Soledar were preparing for a decisive operation to eliminate the last Ukrainian military resistance bases in the city.
Extremely intense fighting is taking place in the eastern region of Ukraine, especially on the Bakhmut, Soledar, and Kreminna fronts. Last week, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, announced that the Russian army had taken control of all of Soledar.
Ukrainian authorities immediately denied the claim and affirmed that Ukrainian soldiers were still trying to defend against the Russian advance. According to some sources, Ukraine has sent about 300 special forces to relieve the siege of Soledar. However, this bold plan seems to have been blocked by Russia.