A walk in the woods has produced more than was bargained for – around 200 Russian tanks have been discovered abandoned in the Ural mountains.
The military vehicles, which were discovered and filmed on mobile phones by two Russian journalists for Life News, had been seemingly there for some time.Journalist Andrei Gorbunov explained, “ Whoever wants to can drive over there and get in, what’s more the hatches were open and there wasn’t a single guard, there was not a single person from the military there.”
The T-80 tanks are used by Russia’s army as its main battle tank and are an integral part of the country’s military defence set-up.
Army spokesman Dmitry Burdakov played down the discovery.
“The hardware is under guard by military patrols and on several occasions civilians who wanted to get in and film the tanks and what’s inside them, have been detained.”
The tanks have since been removed and taken to a nearby depot. Russia is in the process of streamlining its massive military and some commanders have said they only require half of the country’s 20,000 tanks.