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Kyiv auto restore store adapts captured Russian weapons for native forces

A charred Russian tank and captured tanks are seen, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, within the Sumy area, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. Irina Rybakova/Press service of the Ukrainian Floor Forces/Handout through REUTERS/File Picture

KYIV, March 14 (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 employees at his automobile restore store after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine final month, questioning how they might assist outgunned native forces.

“It turned out that there are individuals working at our store who understand how weapons work,” he stated.

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Ukrainian forces have stripped giant 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 army operation in Ukraine.

However eradicating their mountings and adapting them to be used by troops combating on foot requires the experience of specialist mechanics.

“We collected a group 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 will probably be directed to the enemy’s aspect, however not ours,” Fedchenko stated.

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Writing by James Mackenzie; Enhancing by Lisa Shumaker

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