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​The russian Army Is Experiencing a Shortage of Combat Vehicles And Is Already Using Even BMP-1U IFVs, Stolen From Georgia In 2008

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BMP-1U IFVs with the Shkval remote controlled combat modules that belonged to the Georgian army / Archive photo from open sources
BMP-1U IFVs with the Shkval remote controlled combat modules that belonged to the Georgian army / Archive photo from open sources

Russian troops are showing more and more indirect signs of a lack of armored vehicles in their ranks

The Ministry of Defense of the russian federation posted another propaganda video showing the process of preparing new units to be sent to the front to fight against the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In particular, this video shows BMP-1U infantry fighting vehicles with Ukrainian Shkval remote controlled combat modules, which, as the russians themselves admit, were stolen from the Georgian army during the war against that country in 2008.

It seems really incredible that the russian occupiers kept these stolen armored vehicles in storage for 15 years, and now they even decided to put them into service with their troops. Moreover, footage has already appeared in the public domain, showing that the russian occupiers are already on the frontline of the russian-Ukrainian war using BMP-1U IFVs stolen from Georgia with the Shkval modules to fight against Ukrainian troops.

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russian occupiers use BMP-1U IFV with Shkval modules stolen from Georgia, September 2023 / Open source photo, Defense Express
russian occupiers use BMP-1U IFV with Shkval modules stolen from Georgia, September 2023 / Open source photo

According to information circulating in open sources, at the beginning of 2008, the Georgian army had a total of 15 BMP-1U infantry fighting vehicles with Shkval modules, which were received from Ukraine. The russians stole 14 IFVs of this type from the Georgians.

It is interesting that the authors of the Military Balance 2023 guide do not indicate the last, 15th BMP-1U type vehicle in the army of Georgia, they only write about the presence of a total of 25 BMP-1 units and 46 BMP-2 units, while indicating the presence of a single BRM- 1K vehicle.

Currently, there is no publicly available data on where the Georgian BMP-1U IFVs, stolen by the russians, could be stored until now and which unit of the russian army currently uses them. But the very fact of putting these stolen armored vehicles into service may be one of the indirect signs that the russian troops are experiencing a growing shortage of armored vehicles.

russian occupiers use BMP-1U IFVs with Shkval remote controlled combat modules stolen from Georgia, September 2023, Defense Express
russian occupiers use BMP-1U IFVs with Shkval remote controlled combat modules stolen from Georgia, September 2023 / Open source photo

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