Destroyed Russian weaponry on display in Polish cities

An exhibition of Russian military hardware destroyed by Ukrainian troops is set to open this week in the western Polish city of Poznań. 

A destroyed Russian tank on display in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław, July 17, 2022

A destroyed Russian tank on display in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław, July 17, 2022Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński

Entitled “For Our Freedom and Yours,” the showcase will be available to the public at the city’s Museum of Armored Weapons, state news agency PAP reported.

In the almost five months since Moscow’s brutal invasion began, Ukrainian forces have destroyed 1,684 Russian tanks, 3,879 armored fighting vehicles, and 846 artillery systems, among other equipment, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Some of this hardware has been brought to the Polish public as evidence that the Russian army is not invincible, officials have told reporters.

Previously, destroyed Russian military machinery was on show in the Polish capital Warsaw and the southwestern city of Wrocław.

"For Our Freedom and Yours:" Destroyed Russian military machinery on show in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław, July 15, 2022. „For Our Freedom and Yours:” Destroyed Russian military machinery on show in the southwestern Polish city of Wrocław, July 15, 2022. Photo: PAP/Maciej Kulczyński

’Russian army can be defeated’ 

Michał Dworczyk, chief of staff to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, said last month: “This Russian equipment, destroyed by Ukrainian troops, is proof that with determination, courage and professionalism, the Russian army can be defeated.”

He added: “Today, the heroic Ukrainian soldiers are defending not just Ukraine, but Poland and the entire Europe.”

Dworczyk told reporters that Ukraine was able to effectively „resist the aggressor” also thanks to military assistance from Poland and other countries.

Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malar in June thanked Poland for supplying her country with military equipment and for welcoming refugees who had been forced to flee their homes.

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Source: PAP

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