Ukrainian military hardware in Crimea might be faulty – MP Tymchuk
Ukrainian military hardware, which was left in Russian-occupied Crimea and which Moscow said can be returned to Ukraine, may not prove to be in good order, which calls into question the expediency of its return, a People's Front faction deputy and a member of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security and defense, Dmytro Tymchuk, has said.
"We need to study this issue, but I have a big suspicion that there really is nothing to transfer there," Tymchuk told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.
According to him, armored vehicles of the Ukrainian army, which were left in Crimea after the seizure of the peninsula by Russia, were sent to Donbas by invaders in 2014. Thus, he notes, Russia tried to hide the presence of its troops there.
Tymchuk also noted that armored vehicles that can remain in Crimea at the moment most likely need substantial repairs and will not improve the combat capacity of the Ukrainian army.
"It is important to understand what remained of the equipment and weapons that Russian troops left in Crimea," he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on January 11 that Russia was ready to give back to Ukraine the combat equipment the Ukrainian army and fleet abandoned when leaving the Crimean Peninsula.
However, he added, the Ukrainian military equipment "is in poor condition."
"But it's none of our business. This is the condition it actually was in. And naturally, nobody has ever serviced it all these years," Putin said.
He said that the issue concerned dozens of combat ships and aircraft.