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Mechanics in Ukraine repair Russian tanks that have been damaged and captured in battle so they can be used by Ukrainian forces


A destroyed Russian military vehicle is seen on the side of the road on the outskirts of Kharkiv on February 26, 2022.Sergei Bobok/AFP via Getty Images

  • Kharkiv mechanics repair Russian tanks so Ukrainian forces can use them in combat.

  • A group of six mechanics worked in a warehouse on tanks and weapons, the NYT reported.

  • Ukraine said on Saturday Russian troops were withdrawing from Kharkiv after weeks of shelling.

Ukrainian mechanics contribute to the war effort by repairing Russian tanks so they can return to the battlefield, this time to support Ukrainian forces.

A group of six mechanics worked in a warehouse in Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine that has seen one of the worst bombardments since Russia invaded on February 24, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Inside the warehouse were damaged Russian tanks, weapons and some Ukrainian vehicles, all repaired or refurbished for use by Ukrainian forces. The outlet reported that ongoing work includes searching Russian equipment for information and recovering parts from broken or burned tanks.

“This is where we bring the Russian tanks that we pull out of the bogs, repair them and use them against the Russians,” a mechanic who did not want to be named told The Times.

Ukraine said on Saturday Russian troops were withdrawing from Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city, after weeks of shelling. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the country was preparing for a new long-term phase of the war.

Reports of civilians helping the war effort began before the full-scale invasion was officially launched. By January, civilian volunteers were already training for combat, with active duty military and reservists teaching them skills such as holding a weapon and executing combat tactics.

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