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‘War Trophy’ train completes 28,500km journey around Russia

Photo: A train loaded with ‘war trophies’ from the Syrian conflict has completed its journey around Russia

 

A train with ‘war trophies’ seized during the Syrian conflict has completed its journey around Russia. The train arrived at its final destination, the Patriot Park near Moscow on Sunday, April 28.

A train loaded with ‘war trophies’ from the Syrian conflict has completed its journey across Russia

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Andrei Kartapolov said that over the past 65 days the train had covered some 28,500 km after starting out from Moscow’s Kazansky Railway Station on February 23, 2019

Operated by the Russian Defence Ministry, the 18 carriage train housed an exhibition of more than 500 weapons and vehicles captured during fighting in Syria. Items included tanks, armoured vehicles, military engineering equipment, artillery weapons, as well as small arms and edged weapons, improvised explosive devices, foreign food rations and elements of combat gear.

A train loaded with ‘war trophies’ from the Syrian conflict has completed its journey across Russia

Vehicles included a T-55 tank, ACV-15 infantry fighting vehicle, YPG Eagle Head armoured assault vehicle, Aardvark JSFU self-propelled mine sweep and Toyota ‘technicals’ kitted with various weapons.

A train loaded with ‘war trophies’ from the Syrian conflict has completed its journey across Russia

The exhibition stopped at 60 Russian cities, travelling from Moscow to the Crimean city of Sevastopol, from Sevastopol to the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, from Vladivostok to the far northwestern city of Murmansk (about 100 km from the Norwegian border) and back to Moscow.

A train loaded with ‘war trophies’ from the Syrian conflict has completed its journey across Russia

Russian servicemen with combat experience in Syria worked as guides on the train.

 

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