The Ukrainian army has transported Buk air defense missile systems to the Donbass conflict zone, a source of the Rossa Primavera News Agency reported on September 30.
According to a witness, the Ukrainian army unloaded two Buk air defense missile systems from a railway flatcar at the Rubezhnoye station, Lugansk region on September 28.
The provided photo and video allowed the agency to identify these systems as a Buk M1 air defense missile system and a 9K37 launcher and loader. Both systems were loaded on a MAZ 537 military eight-wheeled tractor for further transportation.
The provided materials clearly show that the missile systems have no side numbers, which have painted over and made unreadable.
During a briefing on September 17, the Russian Defense Ministry demonstrated documents on the 9M38 Buk missile with side number 886847379 that shot down the MH-17 Boeing airliner. According to these documents, the missile had been supplied to a military unit that became part of the Ukrainian army after the collapse of the USSR, and which took part in the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Donbass.
The Rubezhnoye railway station, Lugansk region, is under control of armed groups involved in the so-called Joint Forces Operation (JFO) of Ukraine, which was introduced in place of the ATO. The station is located 40 kilometers away from the conflict zone.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency