Russia Flaunts Stockpile of Captured Western Arms Abandoned By Ukrainian Troops

A Russian soldier was seen on video showing off a stockpile of captured Western weapons allegedly abandoned by fleeing Ukrainian troops.

The Russian military said the captured weapons included Javelin rocket launchers, Browning M2 heavy machine guns, and Carl Gustaf grenade launchers.

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Monday: "Captured weapons hastily abandoned by the retreating units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."

Russian troops with abandoned weapons
A Russian soldier was seen on video showing off a stockpile of captured Western weapons allegedly abandoned by fleeing Ukrainian troops. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian MoD added: "Russian military personnel note that soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to increasingly abandon their American 'Javelin' anti-tank missile systems and Swedish-produced NLAW [Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon] imported by Western countries due to their bulkiness."

In the footage, Maxim, the head of the depot where the captured weapons are being stored, shows the stockpile of arms and tells the camera: "Here, we also have a version of the American Browning M2 heavy machine gun and ammunition for the Swedish 84-mm Carl Gustaf grenade launcher."

He adds: "We have not seen anything like this before."

Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation." June 13 marks the 110th day of the campaign.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 13, Russia had lost 32,300 personnel, 1,432 tanks, 3,492 armored fighting vehicles, 718 artillery systems, 226 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 anti-aircraft systems, 213 warplanes, 178 helicopters, 2,460 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 warships/boats, 585 drones, 54 pieces of special equipment and 125 cruise missiles.

Elsewhere in Ukraine, a huge fire is reportedly raging at a chemical plant in Severodonetsk as street-to-street fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces takes place in the city.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russian attacks on the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk has turned them into "dead cities," but he added that Ukrainian forces could still hold Severodonetsk despite being outnumbered.

An aide to Zelensky has said that Ukraine is losing up to 200 troops a day.

Zelensky has asked for additional weapons from Ukraine's allies to help push back the Russian forces.

The United Kingdom and the United States are sending long-range missile systems to Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of more attacks in Ukraine if the West sends long-range weapons.

Putin has also said that the West will not be able to wean itself off from Russian oil and gas for years. U.S. officials have now also admitted that Russian profits on energy might even be higher than they were before the war started.

And on June 8, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. In the balloting, 438 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.