Russia displays Abrams tanks and $4 million mine-clearing vehicles in Moscow.

The Russian army transferred M1 Abrams tanks and M1150 mine-clearing vehicles captured in the Ukrainian battlefield to the exhibition in Victory Park.

“The US-made M1 Abrams main tank and M1150 ABV mine-clearing vehicle were transferred to the exhibition of war trophies at the Victory Museum on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. Russian soldiers stole both vehicles. Confiscated during the offensive operation in the village of Berdychi in the direction of Avdeevka,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said today.

Video released by the Russian military shows trucks carrying the M1A1SA and M1150 to Victory Park, where the museum about Russia’s Patriotic War of 1812 and 1945 is located. The mine-clearing vehicle is relatively intact, while The Abrams appeared to be scorched and severely damaged.

The exhibition displaying Russian spoils, including dozens of armored tanks and mechanized vehicles donated by the West to Ukraine, opened on May 1 and will last until the end of the month. The organizers said each weapon will be displayed with a board introducing its technical and tactical features, as well as the location and circumstances that caused them to be seized by Russian soldiers.

Some of the equipment could later be displayed at the Kubinka Tank Museum in Patriot Park, outside Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the exhibition would attract great attention from Russians because “they should see defeated weapons.”

The US in January 2023 agreed to transfer 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine after a long request by Kiev. President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration argued that this $10 million tank model would be an important weapon to help Ukraine break through Russian lines .

Ukraine has lost 5 Abrams tanks since the beginning of this year, mainly on the Avdeevka front, although they were only deployed limitedly and did not participate in coordinated raid campaigns as NATO theory. Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Christopher Grady said the threat from Russian drones forced Ukraine to withdraw M1A1 Abrams tanks from the front line.

The M1150 mine clearing vehicle costs about 4 million USD, uses the M1 Abrams tank body frame, is fitted with a British mine plow and an explosive wire launcher to destroy mines remotely. Western experts consider it one of the best protected and most versatile vehicles on the Ukrainian battlefield .

It is unclear how many M1150s Kyiv owns because the Pentagon has never released information about the aid of this type of vehicle to the Ukrainian army. Open source data statistics show that Kyiv lost at least two M1150 vehicles due to land mines near the city of Avdeevka.