tirsdag 6. desember 2016

Old Maxim machine guns back to action in Donbass war - Ukrainian Defence Ministry

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry gave official orders to take over 130-years old Maxim machine gun (prototype made in 1883) back to active duty in the Donbass war. Legendary Maxim is water cooled automatic weapon, which came one of the most iconic symbol of the past world wars.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has issued orders to revive the Maxim machine gun’s status as "a government-issue weapon" and gave green light to its use in Donbass military operations. 

Announcement was made by Nikolai Shvetsov, who is the Head of Ukrainian Army Weaponry Department.
"Some army units have already been using it at their own initiative at strongholds and roadblocks as a means of enhancing firepower," Shvetsov said in Uryadovy Kurier interview.
Maxim's machine gun (model 1910) is a machine gun used by the Imperial Russian Army during World War I and the Red Army during Russian Civil War and World War II. 

Ukraine today marks the 25th anniversary of its armed forces. The holiday was officially established by the Ukrainian parliament in 1993. The law on the creation of the Ukrainian armed forces was passed on December 6, 1991. The Ukrainian armed forces consist of ground and airborne troops and its Navy.

DONi News Agency