As the temperatures set to drop in Ukraine in the forthcoming days, Russian soldiers in the 40-mile convoy of tanks could freeze to death. Glen Grant, a senior defence expert at the Baltic Security Foundation, said that the tanks would turn into huge refrigerators for the Russian army if they were not running the engine.
Grant added that, “The boys would not wait; they will get out, start walking to the forest and give themselves up to evade freezing to death,” Grant added.
As per the reports, the concerns have been raised as the convoy, heading towards Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, has slowed down during the war. It is currently 19 miles away from the city centre.
Eastern Europe will soon be under the hold of a cold breeze around the middle of the week, during which the temperature is expected to drop below minus 20 degrees Celsius. Kyiv & several other areas are already experiencing minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, former British Army Major Kevin Prince said, “Russian tanks become like a 40-ton freezer as the temperature continues to fall down. He said the conditions would break down the morale of troops not prepared for Arctic-style warfare.”
The fall in mercury could also become an issue for thousands of refugees who are fleeing Ukraine.
Over 2 million people have fled Ukraine since President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion nearly two weeks ago. Moscow calls its action a “special military operation” to disarm its neighbour and dislodge leaders it calls “neo-Nazis.”
Kyiv and its Western allies dismiss that as a baseless pretext for an unprovoked war against a democratic country of 44 million people.