Russia sends aircraft for the war in the Donbass by plane and train. PHOTO REPORT + VIDEO
The overwhelming majority of tanks sent to terrorist units in the Donbass are models of the eighties. Meet and older. Their choice by the command of the army of the Russian Federation is quite natural. Firstly, it is more convenient to deny their involvement in the supply of weapons to militants, because such samples are either in service with the army of Ukraine now or were in Soviet times. Secondly, in the Russian warehouses of old tanks in abundance, enough for several local wars, and proper storage, as well as disposal, cost money.
"At the beginning of summer, the position of the pro-Russian forces left much to be desired. There were no more cases like the April seizure of paratroopers with armored vehicles. Parts of the Ukrainian army with weapons did not go over to the side of the Donbass Peace Workers and companies, they did not give up their weapons, but used against them. Heavy there was a catastrophic lack of equipment. In order to successfully counter the troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, tanks were required to visit the revolutionaries. For these purposes, the T-64BV tank was best suited. This is the main type of tank Ukrainian army. In addition, in the USSR it was produced by the Kharkov plant named after Malyshev. With regard to the T-64BV, the easiest way to declare that the tank was Ukrainian was captured in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia has nothing to do with it, this model is not in service with the Russian army. It will be true: although tens of hundreds of T-64s of various modifications remain in the warehouses of Russia, the army has long removed them from service and does not use them (in the territory of the Russian Federation the tank monopoly Uralvagonzavod and its T-72). That T-64BV were the first tanks that entered from Russia to Ukraine. On June 12, a test batch of three T-64BVs successfully passed from East to West through Snezhnoye, Torez, Makeevka to Donetsk.
On that day, due to their inexperience in the DPR, they admitted that they "received three tanks for service", modestly keeping silent from whom they received.
On June 20, Russia introduced the following column to the Donbass - five T-64BV tanks. As an informational support, on June 19-20, the Russian media actively replicated the news "The militiamen seized a tank base under Slavyansk", which they almost immediately denied.
These five T-64BVs have become one of the most revealing punctures of the Russian military. T-64 will easily get lost in Ukraine against the background of the same T-64 of the Ukrainian army. Another thing is to find serviceable tanks, equipped throughout the form, T-64 (again, T-64 - tanks that are not used in the Russian army) on the roads of Russia.
Naturally, T-64 in Russia can be transported for disposal or to the landfill, so that they play the role of natural targets. However, in this case, economic servicemen remove everything that can be removed from the tanks. This is clearly seen in the following photo of 2013: tool boxes, side screens, an infra-red searchlight, an anti-aircraft gun, various attachments, no dynamic protection, the tank is being driven by civilian contractors are dismantled.
Such nuances should be understood when you consider the Russian military tractors with T-64 tanks in the Russian Federation. Especially in the regions bordering on Ukraine.
Let's go back to the five T-64BVs and by the 20th of June.
Photo correspondent Yevgeny Maloletka takes pictures of them not far from Debaltseve:
Two of them are photographed by photographer Dmitry Lovetsky near Enakievo:
In Gorlovka, the same pair of tanks hits the video:
On June 21, two more others are shooting in Gorlovka:
The specialist is struck by the meager, crookedly installed, “author's” dynamic protection (rectangular boxes marked with red lines) on the sides of some of these T-64BVs. As if someone tried to portray the "samopal" or was not at hand a regular design:
The standard, standard placement of dynamic protection blocks on the T-64BV looks very different:
Now we compare these T-64BV tanks with T-64BV tanks, which were transported by military tractors, accompanied by Russian military traffic police cars, in border areas in Russia on June 19th (all videos are recommended to be saved and uploaded, as they are cleaned up by official people):
It turns out quite predictably that the T-64BV tanks on Russian tractors from the M4 Don highway on June 19 and the T-64BV tanks under the flags of the separatists in the Ukrainian cities in the Donbas on June 20 are the same. Two with standard dynamic protection on the sides, three with self-made, on the roofs of the towers some property, covered with a tarpaulin:
The second video, in addition to fixing the tank, which was in Gorlovka on June 21, also indicates the position of the column at the time of the shooting:
And the final touch on the column in question is two photos from the users of the social network VKontakte, who shot them on the same M4 Don highway and downloaded to the Internet on June 19-20. Two more proofs on these tanks, two more recorded locations:
In this photo, you can even distinguish the blue seven on the spotlight cover (to the right near the gun):
From June to the present, nothing has changed, columns of T-64 tanks as they were going from the territory of Russia to the Donbass continue to go.
July, highway M4, October district of the Rostov region:
July, M4 highway, Krasnosulinsky district of the Rostov region:
July, on the video the same highway M4:
July, already in Ukraine:
A couple of August videos:
Already in November. Near settlement Sambek, Rostov region:
In Kamensk-Shakhtinsk of the Rostov Region:
This month near Sambek:
A couple of days ago on the road Rostov-Taganrog:
It is worth noting that in the summer the servicemen of the Russian automobile troops did not conceal the fact that they were bringing the tanks to the border (after the tanks were unloaded and then they went to Ukraine under their own power). In social networks, there are enough photos in which the drivers of trawls pose against the background of the T-64:
With respect to some tanks of the Voentorg (for example, this “Cossack” with the inscription either “LPR” or “DPR” on the forehead of the corps), it seems that the Half-Army of the Russian Federation posed with them:
And this is the T-64BV "For Donbass", painted by one "artist". First, on the Russian military trawl, and then - from the terrorists in the Donbas:
The question is extremely curious: where did all these T-64s come from, how were they delivered to Ukraine? I will say right away - it is known.
At the end of the world (Russian Federation, Krasnoyarsk Territory) near the urban-type settlement with the funny name Kozulka there is the 2544th Central Reserve Base of Tanks (military unit 54630). On this base is stored a huge amount of a variety of armored vehicles. The scale can be estimated from this photo from the satellite:
In the 2544th CBRT at one time hundreds (if not thousands) of unused T-64s of various modifications and degrees of wear were brought:
It can be assumed that closer to Kozulki of the Krasnoyarsk Territory there were no serviceable T-64 in Russia. The Russian taxpayer will probably be interested to learn how the old forty-ton T-64 over 4000 kilometers were delivered closer to Ukraine. Cheap way - by rail? As if not so.
At 80 kilometers from the tank storage base, the Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo International Airport is located. To him, the T-64 tanks were transported by military trawls on trawls:
Then transport aircraft entered into the business - the Ruslans of the An-124 (it can take on three tanks at once) or the Il-76 (one tank).
In October, the Internet posted in its own way a unique video that captures the process of loading a T-64BV tank aboard an An-124 aircraft on May 31 of this year at the Yemelyanovo airport:
On May 31st, it was really pretty cool in Krasnoyarsk (people are warmly dressed in the video). The airport on the video is really - Krasnoyarsk "Emelyanovo":
The fact that sending tanks from Krasnoyarsk on May 31st was not the only one confirms the July photo taken by the user of the social network VKontakte. On it, the T-64BV ships already in the IL-76:
The airport is still the same - "Yemelyanovo":
From Krasnoyarsk, the tanks were delivered to Taganrog (only 3,740 kilometers).
This is stated in the description of the tank loading video on May 31st. And this is confirmed by pictures of the residents of Taganrog. In the summer of T-64 literally flooded the streets of the city.
The location of the survey is correct:
Video of the beginning of June. According to Taganrog, the T-64 is transported by another old modification, the T-64A. Probably, the ancient T-64A also delivered from the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
Location: Syzranova street:
Again, the T-64A on video. This time they are being taken along with the BMD-2 airborne combat vehicles, which are characteristically painted with numbers and tactical signs. Shooting location - the intersection of Lomonosov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky streets:
A tractor carries T-64 on Michurin Street in early July. An interesting comment Taganrozhtsa:
Apparently, the internal economic and operational situation influenced Russia's squandering - in the fall, T-64s were also transported by rail:
There were T-64 with traces of rail traffic (oversize index is indicated on the board, tags on the rollers from the installation of special fastening spurs), which was not observed in summer:
Despite the decent amount of T-64s delivered to the separatists in the Donbass, this still turned out to be not enough to oppose the Ukrainian army. Since the T-64 tanks were not exploited by Russian troops, but were stored in warehouses, many combat vehicles required repairs of varying degrees of complexity.
At the end of the summer, the intensity of the fighting increased dramatically. There was no time to observe the conspiracy, tanks were required immediately. From the middle of August, the flow of T-72 models produced in the 1980s went to Ukraine to arm the pro-Russian separatists. But about it already in the following part ", - the blogger notes.