Sunday, 14 September 2014
Ukrainian troops given WWII-era weapons
The Ukrainian troops involved in the war in the south-east of the country, were armed with WWII-era weapons. Adviser to Ukrainian President, Yury Biryukov, said that the weapons, though old, had plenty of ammunition, reports Lifenews. "There were grenade launchers AGS-17 "Flame" and mortars BM-37 produced in 1943). There was also a 23-mm twin anti-aircraft gun, produced in 1963. It was originally designed to combat aircraft, but once installed on the "Ural" and "KamAZ" vehicles, it obtains new powerful functions," the official said. Biryukov thanked the military leadership of Ukraine for provided weapons, saying "we will take what gives, at least, and repair it." "They gave plenty of ammunition, a lot. The weapons are old and they need to be repaired, but guys learn to work powerfully and accurately," wrote Poroshenko's advisor on his webpage.