Russia forced to deploy 50-year-old T-62 tanks after 1,000 other tanks destroyed

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Old weapons may prove dangerous to Russian troops as Ukrainian forces seek to exploit decades-old weaknesses.

Russia has deployed Soviet-era T-62 tanks to support the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The outdated machinery has deep vulnerabilities to exploit, according to British intelligence.

The UK Ministry of Defense reported on Friday that Russia had recently started deploying the 50-year-old tanks from deep storage.

Maksym, 3, is pictured with his brother, Dmytro, 16, atop a destroyed Russian tank on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine on May 8.
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Maksym, 3, is pictured with his brother, Dmytro, 16, atop a destroyed Russian tank on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine on May 8.
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The war machines are expected to be used in the southern region of Ukraine, where Russian forces seek to occupy and hold territory.

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British intelligence says the T-62 models are particularly weak against anti-tank weapons.

Ukrainians seeking to strike effectively had better isolate and target Soviet war vehicles.

A Russian T62 tank crosses the empty highway linking Tbilisi and western Georgia August 21, 2008 at a checkpoint manned by Russian forces.  Russia does not plan to "slam the door" over NATO, but the alliance must choose partnership with Moscow over support for Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today.  AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI (Photo by Marco LONGARI / AFP) (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

A Russian T62 tank crosses the empty highway linking Tbilisi and western Georgia August 21, 2008 at a checkpoint manned by Russian forces. Russia has no intention of ‘slamming the door’ on NATO, but alliance must choose partnership with Moscow over support for Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today . AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI (Photo by Marco LONGARI / AFP) (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

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A retired Russian Air Force major general was reportedly shot down over Ukraine on Sunday.

Kanamat Botashev, 63, is a senior Russian military commander and former major general. According to reports from Russia, Botashev was killed over the weekend after his SU-25 attack jet was shot down over Ukrainian airspace. Several subordinates confirmed Botashev’s death to the BBC, but asked to keep their identities anonymous.

If reports of his death are true, Botashev would be the highest-ranking pilot to be killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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