The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than 500 days. 

Despite hundreds of thousands of casualties, Russia and Ukraine will not stop fighting anytime soon, as both sides are fighting a war to win. 

When will Putin’s vicious war of aggression against Kyiv end? One thing we know for sure is that everything that is happening will be covered on social media for the whole world to see.  

The video published on social networks shows artillery hitting the Russian “armor.” 

Back in May, a video appeared on social networks showing the destruction of a Russian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle trying to evacuate a transport truck near the village of Chervonopopivka in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. 

The Ukrainian drone apparatus captured a 22-second clip showing the UAV traveling on a dirt road before taking a direct hit, likely from artillery fire. 

The 25th Separate Airborne Brigade Sicheslav, involved in heavy fighting in the Luhansk region since Kyiv’s defense last year, likely used the drone to target Russian equipment. The incident occurred near the village of Chervonopopivka, which has changed hands several times over the past year. It is believed that no single structure remained intact, and most houses were razed to the ground. 

Such videos are published daily, but in this case, a fact that many viewers may not have noticed draws attention. 

First, it shows the difficulty of rebuilding vehicles on the front lines and questions the advisability of risking the IFV for what appears to be a Ural-43206 4×4 military cargo vehicle. 

The U.S. military would never send an IFV – or risk its crew – to recover a lone failed truck. Of course, the U.S. military always has trucks available. 

The Kremlin is experiencing a truck shortage problem 

One of the Kremlin’s significant shortcomings is more than just a shortage of main battle tanks (MBTs) or trained crews to operate them. A more severe problem may be requiring more trucks to deliver supplies to locations far from existing rail lines. 

The Atlantic reported last fall that Russia still relies heavily on trains for heavy equipment and ammunition deliveries – which also explains why Ukraine raided rail lines and tried to disable the Crimean Bridge last year. Moscow was supposed to promptly repair this vital bridge connecting Russia and Crimea across the Kerch Strait. 

However, even before Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine began, media reports that the Russian military did not have enough trucks to meet its logistical needs more than a hundred miles across the border made the problem even more apparent just weeks after the war began.  

In addition, much has been said in the past year about the significant losses of Russian main battle tanks during the fighting, but the failures of trucks may be even more powerful. 

Russia has about eight thousand Ural-43206 trucks in service, which would seem like a lot. However, it should be noted that the United States produced about eighty-six thousand tanks during World War II and more than two million trucks. In addition, the United States supplied the Soviet Union with about four hundred thousand trucks and jeeps during the war. 

This figure cannot be exaggerated as it emphasizes the enormous needs of the Red Army. 

Although this conflict is much smaller in scale, it became evident that Russia treasures every truck it owns – so much so that it sent IFVs to rebuild the failed Ural-43206.

The Kyiv forces ensured those efforts were in vain, and now the Kremlin has one less truck and one less MFV in its arsenal.