Izvestia correspondent Kirill Olkov showed the captured equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU), which went to the Russian army after the retreat of the enemy.
Tanks, armored vehicles and other combat vehicles are delivered directly from the front line. Members of the Ukrainian army do not even try to defend their weapons. Many copies are in excellent condition: on the move and with little or no damage.
“They [soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine] when they see us leave their equipment and retreat. The equipment, of course, is worse, but it will definitely serve, ”said serviceman Ruslan.
After the next combat unit is at the disposal of the RF Armed Forces, it is transferred to repair battalions. Specialists evaluate all systems, after which they decide whether to repair the car or disassemble it for spare parts.
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Most often, repairmen deal with Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). If you can get by with simple manipulations, the technique returns to the battlefield very quickly. Otherwise, serviceable parts are used to restore other machines. Ready combat-ready equipment is repainted in accordance with the standards, equipped with identification marks of a special military operation and is also used on the front line.
The day before, Olkov captured in detail the work of the repair battalion of the RF Armed Forces. Russian specialists are generalists capable of reanimating anything. In the immediate vicinity of the front line, they work without interruption. The restoration of military equipment is the most important element of everyday life at the front.
Earlier, on May 12, the Ministry of Defense showed the work of repair units in the field of a special operation to protect Donbass. Depending on the nature of the malfunction, either a repair and evacuation group or an evacuation group is advanced to the equipment. In some cases, minor repairs are carried out directly in the field. If this is not possible, the damaged equipment is taken away from the place by an army evacuator, created on the basis of the T-72 tank.
On May 8, the Izvestia military commander demonstrated captured enemy equipment, which went to the fighters of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.