The Defense Forces of Ukraine caused significant losses in equipment to the Russian occupying forces. From 20 to 30 vehicles are destroyed every day.
The occupiers decided to make up for their losses by looting residents of the TOT of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions. The corresponding decision was confirmed by the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 07/31/2023, No. 2059. According to this order of the Kremlin, all enterprises that were “nationalized” by the occupiers are obliged to transfer equipment to the all-Russian pseudo-social movement “People’s Front “For Russia”” under a donation agreement. Among such equipment are mopeds, motorcycles, scooters, cars, buses, trucks, trailers (semi-trailers) for vehicles, tractors for agriculture and forestry, tracked bulldozers, and motor graders.
This pseudo-social organization is a propaganda project of the Kremlin, which serves as a cover and aims to demonstrate “national support” for military actions. Its task is to simulate the voluntary transfer of material resources to the occupying forces both from the territory of the Russian Federation and from the TOT. It is noticeable that the list of equipment includes even such vehicles as mopeds, motorcycles, and scooters, which can be seen quite often in the frontline videos of the Defenders of Ukraine.
Considering that these funds are extremely rarely on the balance sheet of enterprises, the occupiers succeeded in removing them from garage cooperatives and private households. The Russian occupation administration previously recognized these as “abandoned property”. Also, vehicles are confiscated from citizens accused of cooperation with the Defense Forces of Ukraine or those whose movable property was seized by Russian law enforcement agencies.
This mass seizure of equipment was organized to meet the needs of the occupation administrations of the Russian Federation. It was also to engineer equipment for the positions of the Russian occupation troops on the TOT of the south and east of Ukraine. The Russians are increasingly using two-wheeled vehicles to transport personnel to protect themselves from damage by Ukrainian artillery and FPV drones. Also, the use of civilian equipment allows Russian propaganda to pass off the destruction of such transport as an attack on the civilian population.
The National Resistance Center calls on citizens on the TOT to disable such equipment before the occupiers seize it. We also ask you to report the criminal actions of the ROA and ROV to our Resistance.Bot.