Reference: T-72 "Ural" is the main battle tank of the USSR; it is the most used battle tank of the second generation. It was adopted in service of the USSR Forced Arms in 1973. T-72 was developed and manufactured by UralVagonPlant in Nizhniy Tagil (Russia). In 1974 - 1992 it was produced both in USSR and Russia by UralVagonPlant and Cheliabisnk Tractor Plant. Since 1974 till 1990s, solely UralVagonPlant manufactured 20,544 tanks T-72 in various modifications. In total, about 30,000 tanks were produced.
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The modification T-72B3 was supplied to Forced Arms of Russian Federation just several years ago, and has never been exported. 270 tanks of Т-72B3 make were adopted in service during 2013, among which 150 tanks were supplied to the 20th General army of the Western Military County. 294 tanks were supplied during 2014; the total being 564 tanks.
According to the data by independent observers from Armament Research Services, tanks T-72B3 were noticed in the conflict zone on the East of Ukraine. Both terrorists and Ukrainian Armed Forces have published photo evidence of demolished or captured tanks of this make, belonging to Russian army.
Convoy heading Mariupol