KYIV (Reuters) – A Kyiv auto mechanics workshop has jumped from automobile repairs and upkeep to adapting captured Russian weapons to be used by Ukrainian troops defending the capital.
Oleksandr Fedchenko stated he had been throwing round concepts with workers at his automobile restore store after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine final month, questioning how they may assist outgunned native forces.
“It turned out that there are folks working at our store who know the way weapons work,” he stated.
Ukrainian forces have stripped massive portions of Russian heavy machine weapons and different weapons from armoured automobiles they’ve destroyed within the three weeks for the reason that Kremlin launched what it referred to as a particular navy operation in Ukraine.
However eradicating their mountings and adapting them to be used by troops preventing on foot requires the experience of specialist mechanics.
“We collected a workforce of welders, engineers. We gave them drafts, we familiarized ourselves with the drafts. We made a prototype mannequin and it labored,” Fedchenko stated.
Ukrainian forces have been compelled to adapt shortly and have managed to sluggish the advance of Russian troops urgent the capital Kyiv regardless of being outgunned on paper.
“We’ll remake these weapons in order that the barrels can be directed to the enemy’s facet, however not ours,” Fedchenko stated.
(Writing by James Mackenzie; Enhancing by Lisa Shumaker)