Ten days ago, silent soldiers appeared on the streets of Crimea, who were nicknamed "polite people" by journalists for their gallantry. They do not have any insignia and are not yet officially identified. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference on March 4: "These were local self-defense forces. We did not participate in their training." However, the weaponry and military equipment that they use often have a very clear national identity. This was reported by Russian newspaper The New Times, which asked experts to analyze photographs from Crimea, Censor.NET informs.
Everything is clear here: we have an SUV GAZ-2975 "Tiger" that costs $60,000; it was exclusively supplied for Russian Army. Moreover, the license plate is visible and has a military code 21 (North Caucasus Military District).
Also, according to experts, the following proves the Russian identity of the "polite people": the insignia is visible on the right side of the"Tiger," which had been forgotten to be camouflaged. Regarding the "Tiger" itself, this is a new model, first shown to mass audience at the anniversary parade on May 9, 2005.
Here is a sniper rifle, which at first glance may be confused with a Yugoslavian "Zastava". However, this is semi-automatic modification of the Dragunov sniper rifle, and judging by the receiver and pneumatic stock, this is the latest modification, officially supplied to Russian security forces only. These butts were installed on new modifications at the end of 1990s. The rifle allows striking a running man with the first shot at a distance of 800 meters. It is also interesting that these "polite people" do not carry weapons as it is accustomed in Russian Army, but rather do it according to NATO standards. For example, a weapon is aimed down, and a man in the background puts the barrel on his elbow, which is first of all typical for the American and European armies. According to a weapons expert, this is the result of the introduction of some new Western techniques to Russian special units.
This image shows AK100 family of assault rifles, namely AK 101-105. It was developed in 1994 and is the most famous and widely used model of this assault rifle. The rifle is made of glass fiber reinforced polyamide, with bases of rear and front sights made by means of precision casting. Until recently, such weapons were produced exclusively in Russia and for Russia, and had not been officially supplied to Ukraine. In 2006, the production of the rifle was licensed to Venezuela, and the licenses were also acquired by the governments of India and Indonesia for rearming of their respective Armed Forces. Although we cannot exclude that these "Kalashnikovs" could come to Ukraine illegally. Among other things, this picture clearly shows an officer who could be identified by a pistol on his hip and a radio on his shoulder, the expert said.
Here are some more models of the AK100 family, although the one on the left is more modern judging by the quality of hull lines. The man on the right has a night vision device NVD 93.2 of Russian production, which is not standard weapon and is relatively rarely used in the Russian army - mostly by Special Forces.
This photo shows traditional model of "Kalashnikov", known as the AK-74 5.45 mm. Effective range is 440 meters on a chest target. Now the sales of these rifles are relatively unregulated, so both Russian and Ukrainian militaries may be armed with this model.
As reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that there were no Russian troops in Crimea, but self-defense militia.