Russia Proudly Displays Western Spoils of War

( – The Russian war on Ukraine entered its third year in February. The conflict doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon. Both countries’ leaders have refused to negotiate, leaving both sides to continue the destructive conflict. The West has continued to send weapons to Ukraine to help the country defend itself from the Russian invasion.

Russia recently showed off all the Western weapons its military has seized.

Exhibit of Spoils

On May 1, the Russian Defense Ministry opened an exhibit in Moscow that displayed more than 30 pieces of Western-made equipment. Among the munitions the adversarial nation has captured from Ukrainian forces are US-made Bradley armored fighting vehicles and an M1 Abrams battle tank. They also have an AMX-10RC armored vehicle made in France, a German-made Marder armored infantry vehicle, and a Leopard 2 tank.

The Defense Ministry opened the exhibition at the World War II venue. Citizens will be able to view the military equipment for a month. It also displays documents that include military papers and firearms.

The Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin have accused the US and its allies of waging a proxy war through Ukraine since the conflict began. The country has pointed to the seized weapons as proof that NATO is involved. The international alliance has not officially stepped into the war, however, it has bolstered its defenses in Eastern European NATO nations.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, told the media he thought the exhibition was a “brilliant idea.” He said he thought it would “attract great interest” from people in other parts of the nation, Moscow, and tourists. He declared, “We should all see the enemy’s battered equipment.”

Chemical Weapons Allegations

On the day the exhibition opened, the US State Department released a statement accusing Russia of violating the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991, commonly known as the CBW Act. According to the statement, Russia allegedly used a chemical weapon, chloropicrin, against the Ukrainian military.

The Kremlin responded to the allegations, calling them unsubstantiated and “unfounded.”

Russia has captured more land from Ukraine in recent weeks as it continues its renewed offensive. Additionally, Russian forces launched a missile strike on Odesa, a Ukrainian port city. It was the third attack in recent days, and 14 people were reportedly injured.

On May 2, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and told lawmakers the conflict was “unlikely to end anytime soon.”

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