A secret military repair yard behind the eastern frontline in Ukraine fixes up old Russian tanks and other armored vehicles, making them fit for the battlefield.
Mechanics are called in for bigger problems that can’t be dealt with immediately by soldiers on the ground, fixing equipment such as BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles seized from the Russians during last year’s Ukrainian counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region. Some equipment is cannibalized for parts, and the mechanics work diligently to restore the vehicles. Most of the appropriated Russian equipment doesn’t need much work, as the Russians don’t care about their own armored vehicles. Once fixed and repainted with the white cross of the Ukrainian Army or its trident emblem, they can be redeployed, but against the Russians. The repair shop is expected to provide backup for new Western equipment, such as US Abrams battle tanks, 14 Challenger 2s from the UK, and the same number of Leopard 2s from Germany.