Russia uses Donbas as testing ground for new arms, disposal of old ammunition – Ukraine's intel
Spokesman for Ukraine's Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak says Russia uses the occupied areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions as a testing ground for the newest weapons and the disposal of obsolete ammunition.
In particular, Russia uses military operations in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine for testing its newest communications, electronic warfare (EW) and electronic intelligence systems in real combat conditions, he said at a briefing on November 15, referring to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate.
In particular, Russia is now testing the capability of its EW systems, including the Repellent-1 and Silok anti-UAV complexes to jam and repel drones.
Moreover, the Russian Federation continues using the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as a testing ground for the disposal of obsolete armaments and the testing of the newest weapons and ammunition.
As reported, another batch of ammunition was delivered from Russia to the occupied Donbas to replenish the stocks of illegal armed formations of Russia's army corps Nos.1 and 2. However, a significant part of artillery shells and mines received proved to be unusable due to corrosion damage because of long-term negligent storage in open areas.
"The command of Russia's occupation forces has decided to dispose by blasting more than two-thirds of the ammunition produced in 1970," Hutsuliak added.