A Russian company said it’ll offer five million roubles ($72,000) in cash to the first soldiers who destroy or capture western-made tanks in Ukraine after the Kremlin pledged Russian forces would wipe out any Western tanks shipped to Ukraine.
The United States, Germany and several other European countries are lining up to send Kyiv dozens of advanced combat tanks over the coming few months to help boost Ukraine’s military capacity as the war approaches the 12- month mark.
The decision has been criticized by the Kremlin as a dangerous escalation, and spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the tanks would” burn” on the Frontlines.
Now a Russian company- Fores, a Urals- grounded establishment which makes proponents for energy assiduity- is offering cash payments to Russian soldiers who” prisoner or destroy” German-made Leopard 2 or US-produced Abrams tanks.
The company said it’ll pay five million roubles to the first Russian soldier to destroy one of the tanks, and, 15-million roubles ($215,000) for all posterior attacks.
Echoing language used by Russian officials and-war state television hosts, Fores said NATO was pumping Ukraine with an” unlimited” amount of arms and raising the conflict. It also said it would pay a 500,000 roubles ($7,200) bounty on Western-made fighter spurts, should they ever be delivered to Ukraine.
The tanks haven’t yet been dispatched to Kyiv, and it could take several months before the bulk of the promised deliveries is transferred.
Since the launch of the conflict, Russia’s defence ministry has claimed to have destroyed hundreds of pieces of Western artillery.
Kyiv has preliminarily dismissed those statements, pressing for a case that Russia has claimed to have destroyed further US-made HIMARS rocket launcher pads than were ever delivered to the country.
Former deliveries of advanced Western arms, particularly HIMARS, have been credited with turning the drift of the 11- month war, helping Kyiv to secure a series of surprise palms and pushing back Russian forces from home captured at the launch of the irruption.