Russian conscripts sent to fight Ukraine ‘handed over rusty Kalashnikovs’

Russian conscripts deployed on the front lines with rusty AK47 east-2-west messages

Worn-out weapons are handed out to people forced to join Russian forces (Images: East2West News)

Rusted Kalashnikov rifles are handed out to civilians who are supposed to join Russia’s bloody war against Ukraine.

Recruits were getting the firearms at a military shop in Primorsky, eastern Russia, when President Vladimir Putin’s surprise design became a reality.

One conscript said in a video: “It’s the tank boys who were given this c*** [rusty Kalashnikovs].

‘They said: ‘You have tanks, so don’t bother with the Kalashnikovs’.’

Another added: “These are the machine guns we get.

‘Piss off, I’m pissing off… I will not comment…. I’m shocked.’

As part of a tank crew, the men were told by commanders that the Kalashnikovs were good enough.

Kalashnikovs, named after Soviet General Mikhail Kalashnikov, were introduced by the Soviet Union as a replacement for the AK-47.

Newly mobilized tank crews in Russia's Far East were armed with rusting Kalashnikovs

The rusty guns come after Ukraine attacked several Russian forts used as supply lines (Image: Social Media/e2w)

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Newly mobilized tank crews in Russia's Far East were armed with rusting Kalashnikovs

Conscripts raved about the guns (Image: Social media/e2w)

A second video, hinting at the growing troubles – and despair – of the Russian war machine showed rusted military trucks being hauled for reservists.

Ukraine’s armed forces have attacked and liberated several Russian military bases that were serving as vital supply lines for Russia as part of a counter-offensive in the south and north-east of the country.

Just days after Ukraine made gains in the eastern province of Luhansk, Putin announced a call (or, as he put it, a “partial mobilization”) to counter Ukraine.

Russia will gather about 300,000 civilians, focusing on qualified men with military experience.

Newly mobilized tank crews in Russia's Far East were armed with rusting Kalashnikovs

Vladimir Putin is expected to call up around 300,000 people for the war (Image: Social Media/e2w)

It was an announcement Putin had long delayed — but Ukraine’s counteroffensive gave it new urgency in a seven-month war.

Ukraine is on the verge of breaking Russia’s hold on Luhansk’s Lysyhansk, “one of the most important logistical arteries,” according to the Strategic Communications Department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The agency said in a Telegram post on Sept. 22 that Russian occupying forces near the city, which is part of the Donbass, are “having a bad time”.

Moscow is now forcing residents of the occupied province to vote in a staged referendum to join Russia.

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