Oleg Tsarev: The UAF Is Terrified of the Military Power of the Donbass Republics

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



The amount of military equipment that the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics possess exceeds the numbers for such NATO member states as Great Britain, Germany, or France. This was stated by the representative of the main intelligence department of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Vadim Skibitsy on the air of the “UATV” Ukrainian TV channel.

According to Skibitsky, the republics of Donbass have 475 tanks, 1,000 armoured vehicles, and more than 200 MLRS and 762 artillery systems. A considerable part of these weapons in the possession of the DPR and LPR were military trophies taken when the Armed Forces of Ukraine found themselves in “cauldrons”.

“Thus, the number of tanks in the possession of the militia exceeds the numbers for such NATO member states as Great Britain, Germany, or France,” said the terrified Ukrainian intelligence agent.

Oleg Tsarev, the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine working in four convocations and who in 2014 supported the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, in a conversation with the Federal News Agency noted that he can’t confirm or disprove the words of the representative of intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, but understands why they were said.

“Representatives of the current Ukrainian authorities seriously estimating the military capacity of the republics of Donbass pleases me. I hope that information about the weapons possessed by the DPR and LPR will become a factor that limits the aggression of Kiev against them,” said Oleg Tsarev.

According to him, Vadim Skibitsky was publicly terrified of the military power of the republics of Donbass, “in order to justify the military failures of the Ukrainian army”.

At the same time, the former Ukrainian parliamentarian noted that when the UAF suffered a defeat in so-called “cauldrons” most of their weapons were indeed claimed by the DPR and LPR.

“This is true. In Ilovaisk and Debaltsevo the UAF abandoned all their military equipment, they left it in ‘cauldrons’, and the military of the republics of Donbass took control of these weapons as trophies. I.e., the current Ukrainian authorities armed the DPR and LPR, and are now terrified of this,” concluded Oleg Tsarev.

Near Debaltsevo the militia found 265 units of military equipment, among which there were 28 tanks, 63 BMPs and armored personnel carriers, 145 vehicles, 16 ZSU-23-2 antiaircraft guns, and 13 artillery systems and mortars. Also, the militia received about 1000 units of small arms abandoned by the UAF, 39 ammunition warehouses, and two weaponised vehicles. This was reported by the Deputy Defence Minister of the DPR Eduard Basurin.

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In the “Ilovaisk cauldron” from August 7th to September 3rd, 2014 Ukraine abandoned about 70 units of armored machinery and no less than 100 guns and mortars.

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