Ukrainian servicemen stand n on their tanks near the frontline town of Bakhmut © Thomson Reuters
Reuters: Russian business offers cash bounties to destroy Western tanks in Ukraine
A Russian company said it will offer five million roubles ($72,000) in cash to the first soldiers who destroy or capture western-made tanks in Ukraine, after the Kremlin vowed 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 next few months to help boost Ukraine’s military capacity as the war approaches the 12-month mark.
The decision has been criticised by the Kremlin as a dangerous escalation, and spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the tanks would “burn” on the frontlines.
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Update: Russian Troops Offered Bounties for Destroying Western Tanks in Ukraine (Moscow Times)
WNU Editor: This $72,000 bounty is directed more at the Ukrainian side to desert.