Mechanics in Ukraine repair Russian tanks damaged and captured in battle so they can be used by Ukrainian troops

Russian military vehicle Kharkiv, Ukraine

A destroyed Russian military vehicle is seen by the roadside on the outskirts of Kharkov on February 26, 2022.Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images

  • Mechanics in Kharkiv repair Russian tanks so Ukrainian troops can use them in battle.

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

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

Mechanics in Ukraine help the war effort by repairing Russian tanks so they can return to the battlefield – this time to support Ukrainian troops.

A group of six mechanics were working from a warehouse in Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine that has suffered some of the worst bombing since Russia invaded on Feb. 24, The New York Times reported Friday.

In the warehouse, Russian tanks, weapons and some Ukrainian vehicles were damaged, all of which were repaired or refurbished for use by Ukrainian troops. The outlet reported that Russian equipment was among other things searched for information and that parts of broken or burned-out tanks were salvaged.

“Here we bring the Russian tanks that we pulled from the swamps, repair them and use them against the Russians,” a mechanic who did not want to be named told The Times.

Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian troops withdrew from Kharkov, the country’s second-largest city, after weeks of shelling. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the country is preparing for a new, protracted phase of the war.

Reports of civilians helping in the war effort began even before the large-scale invasion officially began. In January, volunteer civilians were already training to fight. Active duty military and reservists taught them skills such as holding a weapon and conducting combat tactics.

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