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Where Did Donetsk Separatists Get An Advanced Anti-Aircraft Battery?
6 years
Separatist Leaders Prepare To Evacuate Parts of Donetsk
Reports That A 9k35 Strela-10 Crossed Border From Russia

The 9K35 Strela-10 is a vehicle-mounted surface-to-air missile, one of the Soviet Union's more advanced air defense systems, and one that is responsible for knocking jets out of the sky in Angola, Operation Desert Storm, and Kosovo. It is more than capable of destroying Ukrainian helicopters, transport craft, or even jet fighters. A Strela has not, to our knowledge, been reported missing by the Ukrainian military. A Strela is not on a list of weapons, published by RIA Novosti, reportedly captured or destroyed in Ukraine. And yet today a 9K35 Strela-10 was seen rolling down the streets on Donetsk -- being driven by Russian-backed separatists.

LifeNews, a news agency with close ties to Russian intelligence and security forces, publishes this video. It shows a significant amount of heavy weaponry in the hands of Donetsk rebels as they construct a barrier to defend the city against Ukraine's advancing anti-terror operation (ATO). The Strela is clearly visible:

This could be the most obvious -- and blatant -- piece of evidence that the Ukrainian separatists are being militarily supported by Moscow. It's not the only piece of evidence, though.

Is it a coincidence that Russian ultranationalist leftist Sergei Kurginyan, who berated the separatists for retreating from Slavyansk, has recently promised more support from Moscow?