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 Russia provides terrorists with at least 20 types of weapons that have never been in service with Ukrainian army - New York Times

The pro-Russian terrorists use weapons that had never been exported from the Russian Federation previously, which proves the Kremlin support of militants in the east of Ukraine.

The New York Times informs citing the the report, released late last year by the research company Armament Research Services, or ARES, Censor.NET reports. To write these reports, ARES scoured open-source media, picking up militarily significant data from photos taken by journalists, field researchers and local sources across Ukraine.

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Nic R. Jenzen-Jones, the director of ARES, was able to positively identify 20 weapons systems in Ukraine that had never previously been exported from their country of origin.Nineteen of those came from Russia, and one was from Poland. He calls these "flag items" because they can be clearly tied to outside nations.

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From Russia, ARES identified exotic killing tools like the VSS supressed marksman rifle, heavy armor like the T-72B3 main battle tank, and newer thermobaric rocket launchers like the MRO-A that have not been seen outside the Federation's borders. The lone Polish flag item was the PPZR Grom man-portable air defense missile system. The missile was manufactured in 2007, according to markings painted on its exterior.

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By analyzing photographs of captured ordnance, ARES also determined that existing stockpiles of weapons were the single biggest source of military goods used by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Most of these weapons were unremarkable from a proliferation standpoint. Fighters on both sides carried older Kalashnikov AK-47 type assault rifles as well as relatively newer AK-74 variants of the AK-74 line first introduced by the Red Army 40 years ago.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n322997