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35 Ukrainian Army T-64 Tanks Broke Down After Few Days On Firing Ground


35 Ukrainian Army T-64 Tanks Broke Down After Few Days On Firing Ground

A Ukrainian T-64 © SPUTNIK/ STRINGER

In September, 35 Ukrainian T-64 tanks broke down on a firing ground near Melitopol. After working for a few hours, the tanks started losing power, with their engines repeatedly cutting out. At first 21 tanks failed, with 14 more failing in a few days. According to the command, the tanks were equipped with brand new engines, with no more than 3-4 hours of working time. The failures were reasoned out to be because of the faulty fuel.

Ukrainian journalist Taras Zhovtenko investigated the incident. According to him, a special committee, created to investigate the tanks, received three engines of the failed T-64s. The committee reported that the engines were anything but new, with metal corroded, a lot of dust residue and other evidence of long use. The oil waste from the engines contained dirt, metal, and traces of fuel. This couldn’t have happened to a brand new engine.

The real age of the engines was not announced. The committee declared that tanks engines failed due to poor storage conditions and improper depreservation.

This isn’t the first time this happened to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to Zhovtenko, Major General Yuri Melnik, who ordered the committee to stop investigating the faulty engines after two out of three had been inspected, was incriminated in using old and faulty tank engines under the guise of brand new ones back in July of this year. In 2015, Melnik and his accomplices intentionally bought faulty and old T-72 engines for the price of new ones. His machinations landed him a nifty profit of more than $1 million.



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  • cynic

    That should limit their ability to attack the Donbass rebels. No doubt those responsible have strong political connections and large overseas bank accounts.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      They need to invest in heavy tow vehicles to follow their tanks around…. Should use the same engines :-)

  • Tiresia Branding

    “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” (Sun Tzu)

    • Solomon Krupacek

      like seals in baikal lake?

      • Tiresia Branding
        • Solomon Krupacek

          your two FAThers?

        • Justin

          These are the real Nazi’s. The ones who created and faced AZOV and Donbass!

          Always a Jew behind the Nazi!

        • FlorianGeyer

          That’s a superb analogy :)

  • John Whitehot

    are we sure that the real new engines did not end up in al nusra tanks?

    • Barba_Papa

      More likely North Korea, considering they already sold them ICBM rocket engines.

      • goingbrokes

        Allegedly. More likely the coup organisers stole the engines and sold them to NK so that they could run a scare story in the US about NK ICBM capability.

      • John Whitehot


    • FlorianGeyer

      Good point.

  • Gary Sellars

    Ukropi corruption… the gift that keeps on giving.. :-)

    • Gary Sellars

      Or maybe its sabotage from Ukrainians who work in the arms industry but don’t want to see the Banderite-dominated gov increasing its military capability.

      • The Farney Fontenoy

        Corrupt officials destroy nations more thoroughly than the best saboteurs ever could.

        • TiredOfBsToo

          Is that ever an understatement. One only need look at what’s going on in the US to watch the decline of the Empire in real time.

    • as

      THIS ! Is why they want to join the NATO fanclub. This ! This is why they want in on EU !

  • Vitex


  • Lex

    I guess there’s no need to worry about the famous “march on Moscow” by the Kievan army then? Such a ridiculous disaster of a failed state – I wonder how many outside the Donbass are beginning to have deep regrets about the coup which ended the hopes of economic integration with Russia. That was clearly the only basis for a functioning state in Ukraine, because the EU don’t want any part of it really and the USA doesn’t have any money left to play empire any more.

    • goingbrokes

      Hundreds of thousands outside Donbas region are having regrets. But this state failure was engineered from the outside, so it is not ridiculous, it is sad. US invested about five billion dollars as the initial investment, and after the coup the Ukrainian gold reserve was flown out of the country (no doubt as a “security” measure, but Ukraine is not getting it back so that is that) and that must represent a handsome return of investment. Where does that leave the Ukrainian people? With a corrupt criminal government, a country where lawlessness is the norm, and with gold reserve gone they have no credit rating at all above the lowest. This is how the criminal elites treat an entire nation if you let them!

      • FlorianGeyer

        The criminal Elite that controls the US is doing exactly the same thing to America of course and all in plain sight.

    • FlorianGeyer

      ” I guess there’s no need to worry about the famous “march on Moscow” .

      The Ukrops plan to walk to Moscow I have heard. Begging all the way :)

  • Bob

    Ah, Ukrainian military hardware – ask the Croatian government how buying batch of MiG-21’s worked out for them in last years, they are unsafe and grounded ‘bitsas’ – cobbled together up from worn out parts sourced from as far as Bulgaria and Algeria.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    lucky country :)

  • Melotte 22

    Ukropia is a failed state and should cease o exist. The sooner the better.