Russian Soldiers Hand Out Seized Ukrainian Arms To Luhansk And Donetsk Fighters

This footage shows Russian soldiers handing out captured Ukrainian weapons to fighters in the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine.

The video, obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Newsflash, was released with a statement on Monday, 14th March.

The statement said: “Captured equipment and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian nationalist battalions and territorial defence battalions, which were abandoned, stored in warehouses and seized during the special military operation, were transferred by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to units of the people’s militia of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.

Transfer of captured equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to the units of the DPR and LPR. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

“Equipment and weapons, both Soviet-made and supplied by Western countries, after checking their technical condition and working order, are transferred to the divisions of the People’s Republics.”

The Russian MoD added: “During the course of the special military operation, units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have seized large amounts of captured military equipment from the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” the sovereign European country.

Transfer of captured equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to the units of the DPR and LPR. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

Putin’s invasion has caused millions of people to flee the country, sparking Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

Today marks the 20th day since Russia invaded their neighbours.

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