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MOSCOW, March 29, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is about to hand over to Ukraine about 350 armoured and motor vehicles remaining in Crimea, a source at the Russian Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“After the military equipment has been inventoried Russia will hand over to Ukraine about 350 armoured and motor vehicles. Most of them were manufactured back in the 1970s and can have no uses in the Russian armed forces,” the official said.
The technical condition of armoured and motor vehicles is unsatisfactory, with outdated armoured personnel carriers BTR-70 and BMP-1 and T64B and T64B1 tanks accounting for the bulk of the armour fleet. Maintenance rules were often abused and fundamental repairs repeatedly delayed due to the lack of funds and spare parts. Experts believe that upgrading the vehicles would make no sense.