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The Russian army in the occupied city of Melitopol stole materials from an agricultural equipment agency that was to be sent to Chechnya, according to a report by a businessman in the region. After the flight, the Russian troops were unpleasantly surprised to find that they were unable to use the equipment, which had been remotely disabled.
The news is presented on Monday before CNNwho adds that over the past few weeks there have been several reports of theft of agricultural machinery, grain and building materials in different regions of Ukraine.
Agricultural materials were taken from the concession holder Agrotek in Melitopol, occupied by Russian forces since early March. Among the stolen equipment, an estimated value of about 5 million euros, Includes two harvesters, tractor and seeders. Some of them were transferred to a neighboring village, but the rest went to Chechnya.
But the material could not be used by the Russians, because it was equipped with a global positioning system (GPS), which allowed it to track its way to the village of Zakhan-Yurt in the Russian Republic.
A source in the region, who was not named for security reasons, said in an interview with CNN that the Russians were not even able to operate the equipment.
“When the invaders took the harvesting machines to Chechnya, they realized that they could not even operate them, because they were prevented from a distance,” he said.
According to the same source, one of the platform trucks used in the theft had a white “Z” sign, a message that became a symbol of support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The same inhabitant of that area also explains that the Russians must have contacted advisors who would try to circumvent the protection of the machines, but that even if they did not succeed, they could sell spare parts to earn some money.
Agricultural materials are not the only goal of the Russian army. this saturday, The Ukrainian government accused Russia of stealing hundreds of thousands of tons of grain In the territories occupied by Moscow forces in the east and south of the country.
Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy Taras Vysotsky said that Russian forces confiscated “several hundred thousand tons”, fearing that they would steal the rest, he said in statements to the Ukrainian news agency, RBC, quoting him. euronews.
Last week, the LB information portal warned that in the Kherson region, also under Russian control, Moscow forces allow farmers to work only if they give 70% of the production of their future crop.
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