"Come on, stop shivering! Actions must be taken. We are suffering heavy losses and I'm not going to talk about tactics. I am distressed that our soldiers are fighting in buses and trucks. The Ukrainian storages of armored equipment burst with thousands of infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, armored reconnaissance personnel carriers (BRDM), multi-purpose light-armored towing vehicles (MTLB), recovery vehicles (BRAM), armored roaders (BAT) and other super precious equipment that save lives during the war.
I wrote and asked for it and now it's time to demand. The Ministry of Defense must pass armored vehicles of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th categories of rejection to every military base. Let those military bases, which can attract sponsors in addition to the state program, to modify and repair the equipment by their own efforts. One can certainly assemble one operating armored unit with complete spare parts set out of the dozen armored vehicles in stock in Artemivsk. Vehicles that are in order should immediately go to the front line. The rest of the equipment is to be transferred on a long-term repair. All military units should be provided with as much armored vehicles as they can repair according to the staff of the drivers-mechanics. Each base must receive the right for the assignment approved by a sector commander or the brigade commander. The representatives of the military bases will be able to select repairable equipment, collect spare parts and components from other machines under this document.
A special state program for the production of counter HEAT side screens for armored vehicles is needed.
It should be the general demand of all military personnel to the authorities. The ATO troops should get as much armor as they can operate," Butusov said.