Kyiv, July 14, 2014. The National Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War in Kyiv recently launched an exhibition of weapons that were seized from terrorists and separatists in the region of the Anti-Terrorist Operation by Ukrainian security forces. The exhibition showcases weapons and equipment used by terrorists in the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
The Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Valeriy Chaly opened the exhibition; in attendance at the opening were foreign military attachés, representatives of embassies, members of the public and journalists, as well as by the representatives of the Presidential Administration, General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine.
The exhibition included various modifications of RPGs, antipersonnel mines, MANPADS, BM-21 “Grad” systems, the self-propelled gun “Nona” and antipersonnel MON-50 mines. Interestingly, MON-50 mines are not produced in Ukraine and are used by the armed forces of the Russian Federation. In addition to modern weapons which were reportedly supplied by the Russian Federation, the exhibition also includes Second World War era equipment which was stolen by the terrorists from museums.
The exhibition is accompanied by evidence of Russian involvement in the ongoing conflict and includes Russian passports, military personnel IDs, other documentation, and instructions on equipment. Some of these weapons are used only by the Russian Federation’s armed forces. Ukraine’s security services presented undeniable evidence that Russia finances mercenaries, trains militants on its military bases, and explicitly spreads propaganda on the Internet.
The Commander of Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Anatoly Pushnyakov, presented weapons and military equipment which were used by terrorists against the Ukrainian military. He explained that most of the exhibit items were produced during the times of the Soviet Union. He also mentioned that a significant number of these sorts of weapons are currently produced in the Russian Federation and then handed over to terrorists. “All the markings found on the weapons date after 1991 which indicates that it was brought in from the neighboring state to us,” stated Colonel of the National Guard of Ukraine Anatoliy Voloshyn.
Notably, in the Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Sloviansk the Ukrainian army found an arsenal of weapons including mines and ammunition produced by the Chelyabinsk arms factory, reported Iryna Heraschenko, presidential envoy for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in the country’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “All these findings were transported to Kyiv and are exhibited at the Great Patriotic War Museum so that the whole world and Ukraine could see how one country, Russia, is ‘not involved’ in the conflict,” said Heraschenko.
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