Russia sends planes and trains to terrorists tanks for the war in the Donbass. PHOTO + VIDEO
The vast 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 Ukrainian army now or were in Soviet times. Secondly, there are plenty of old tanks in Russian warehouses that are enough for several local wars, and proper storage, like disposal, costs money.
"At the beginning of summer, the position of pro-Russian forces left much to be desired. There were no more cases like the April seizure of paratroopers with armored vehicles. Units of the Ukrainian army with weapons did not go over to the side of the" peaceful workers of Donbass "Girkin and the company didn’t hand over weapons, but used them against them. Heavy equipment was sorely lacking. In order to successfully resist the troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, visiting revolutionaries needed tanks. For these purposes, the T-64BV tank was best suited. This is the main type of tank Army of Ukraine. Moreover, it was produced in the USSR by the Malyshev Kharkov plant. With regard to the T-64BV, it is easiest to say that the Ukrainian tank was captured in the Armed Forces, Russia has nothing to do with the Russian army’s armament. It will be true: although there are tens of hundreds of T-64s of various modifications in warehouses in Russia, the army has long taken them out of service and is not using 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 its own power from east to west through Snezhnoye, Torez, Makeevka to Donetsk.
That day, due to their inexperience, the DPR admitted that they "received three tanks for service," modestly keeping silent from whom they received it.
On June 20, Russia introduced the following convoy to Donbass - five T-64BV tanks. As an informational support, on June 19–20, the Russian media actively circulated the news “Militias seized a tank base near Slavyansk,” which they themselves immediately denied.
These five T-64BVs became one of the most significant punctures of the Russian military. T-64 are easily lost in Ukraine against the background of the same T-64 of the Ukrainian army. Another thing is to find tanks that are serviceable, equipped in all forms, T-64 (again, T-64 - tanks that are not used in the Russian army) on Russian roads.
Naturally, T-64s in Russia can be transported for recycling or to a landfill to play the role of natural targets. However, in this case, the economic servicemen remove from the tanks everything that can be removed. This is clearly seen in the next photo of 2013: the tool boxes, side screens, infrared spotlight, anti-aircraft machine gun, various attachments, no dynamic protection, the tank was driven by a civilian contractor car.
Such nuances should be understood when considering Russian military tractors with T-64 tanks in the Russian Federation. Especially in the regions bordering Ukraine.
Let's go back to the five T-64BVs and by June 20th.
Photojournalist Yevgeny Maloletka takes part of them near Debaltseve:
Near Enakievo, two of them are shot by photographer Dmitry Lovetsky:
In Gorlovka, the same pair of tanks falls into the video:
On June 21, two more others are filmed in Gorlovka:
The specialist is struck by the meager, crookedly installed, "author's" dynamic protection (rectangular boxes indicated by red lines) on the sides of some of these T-64BVs. It’s as if someone was trying to portray “homemade” or was not at hand with a standard design:
The standard, standard placement of dynamic protection blocks on the T-64BV looks very different:
Now we compare these T-64BV tanks with the T-64BV tanks that transported military tractors, accompanied by cars of the Russian military traffic police, in the border areas on the territory of Russia on June 19 (it’s recommended that you save and upload all the videos, as they are cleaned up by official people):
It is predictable that the T-64BV tanks on Russian tractors from the M4 Don highway on June 19 and the T-64BV tanks under the separatist flags in Ukrainian cities on Donbass on June 20 are the same. Two with regular dynamic protection on the sides, three with self-made, on the roofs of the towers some property covered with tarpaulin:
The second video, in addition to fixing the tank, which was in Gorlovka on June 21, also indicates the location of the column at the time of shooting:
And the last touch on the column in question is two photos from users of the VKontakte social network, who took them on the same M4 Don highway and uploaded June 19-20 to the Internet. Two more evidence for these tanks, two more recorded locations:
In this photo you can even distinguish the blue seven on the cover of the spotlight (on the right near the gun):
From June to the present, nothing has changed; convoys of tractors with T-64 tanks both went from the territory of Russia to the Donbass and continue to go.
July, M4 highway, Oktyabrsky district of the Rostov region:
July, M4 highway, Krasnosulinsky district of the Rostov region:
July, the video shows the same M4 highway:
July, already in Ukraine:
A couple of August videos:
Already in November. Near the village of Sambek, Rostov Region:
In Kamensk-Shakhtinsk, Rostov Region:
This month near Sambek:
A couple of days ago on the Rostov-Taganrog highway:
It is worth noting that in the summer, servicemen of the Russian automobile forces did not particularly hide that they were bringing tanks to the border (after they unloaded the tanks and then they went on their own to Ukraine). There are enough photos on social networks in which trawl drivers pose against the backdrop of the T-64:
In relation to some of the Voyentorg’s tanks (for example, this “Cossack” with the inscription either “LPR” or “DPR” on the forehead of the corps) it seems that half of the Russian army posed with them:
And this is the T-64BV "For Donbass", painted by one "artist". First, on the Russian military trawl, and then on the terrorists in the Donbass:
The question is extremely curious: where did all these T-64 come from, how were they delivered to Ukraine? I will say right away - this is known.
At the end of the world (Russian Federation, Krasnoyarsk Territory) near the urban-type village with the funny name Kozulka, there is the 2544th Central Tank Reserve Base (military unit 54630). At this base a huge amount of various armored vehicles is stored. The scale can be estimated from this satellite photo:
Hundreds (if not thousands) of unused T-64s of various modifications and degree of wear were brought back to the 2544th CBRT:
It can be assumed that there were no serviceable T-64s closer to Kozulka in the Krasnoyarsk Territory in Russia. The Russian taxpayer will probably be interested to know how the old forty-ton T-64s were delivered closer to Ukraine over 4000 kilometers. Cheap way - by rail? No matter how.
80 kilometers from the tank storage base is the Krasnoyarsk Emelyanovo International Airport. T-64 tanks were transported to it by military tractors on trawls:
Then transport aircraft entered into business - the Ruslans An-124 (can take on board three tanks at once) or IL-76 (one tank).
In October, a unique video was posted on the Internet in its own way, which depicts the process of loading the T-64BV tank aboard the An-124 aircraft on May 31 this year at the Yemelyanovo airport:
On May 31, it was really quite cool in Krasnoyarsk (people are warmly dressed in the video). The airport in the video really is Krasnoyarsk "Emelyanovo":
The fact that sending tanks from Krasnoyarsk on May 31 was not the only one confirms the July photo taken by a user of the VKontakte social network. On it, the T-64BV is loaded already in the IL-76:
The airport is still the same - "Emelyanovo":
From Krasnoyarsk, tanks were delivered to Taganrog (only 3,740 kilometers).
This is stated in the description for the tank loading video on May 31st. And this is also confirmed by photographs of the inhabitants of Taganrog themselves. In the summer, the T-64 literally flooded the streets of the city.
Location indicated correctly:
Video of the beginning of June. T-64 of another old modification is being transported along Taganrog - T-64A. Probably the ancient T-64A also delivered from the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
Location: Syzranova Street:
Again the T-64A in the video. This time they are being transported along with BMD-2 airborne combat vehicles, which are characteristically painted over with numbers and tactical signs. Place of shooting - the intersection of Lomonosov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky streets:
The tractor carries the T-64 along Michurin Street in early July. An interesting comment Taganrozhtsa:
Apparently, the domestic economic and operational environment affected the squandering of Russia - in the fall, the T-64s began to be transported by rail:
The T-64 appeared with traces of rail traffic (the oversize index is indicated on board, on the rink marks from the installation of special mounting spurs), which was not observed in the summer:
Despite the decent amount of T-64 brought to the separatists in the Donbass, this still was not enough to oppose the Ukrainian army. Since the T-64 tanks were not operated by the Russian troops, but were stored in warehouses, many combat vehicles needed repairs of varying degrees of complexity.
At the end of summer, the intensity of hostilities dramatically increased. There was no time to comply with conspiracy, tanks were required immediately. Since mid-August, a stream of T-72 models of the 80s was launched in Ukraine to arm the pro-Russian separatists. But more on that in the next part, "notes the blogger.