US Gear Is Falling Apart On Ukraine's Front Lines

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In response to a request from Ukraine, and as part of an ongoing effort to bolster Ukraine's defense and internal security operations the United States delivered two AN/TPQ-36 radar systems to Ukraine Nov. 14, 2015, at a ceremony in Lviv, Ukraine.

In response to a request from Ukraine, and as part of an ongoing effort to bolster Ukraine's defense and internal security operations the United States delivered two AN/TPQ-36 radar systems to Ukraine Nov. 14, 2015, at a ceremony in Lviv, Ukraine.

Some of the U.S. equipment supplied to aid Ukraine against Russian-backed insurgents is falling apart. According to the serial numbers on the gear, some of the items are 20 to 30 years old — including the Humvees.

“If the Americans are going to send us equipment, don’t send us secondhand stuff,” said an

anonymous Ukrainian special forces commander.

The deteriorating equipment has created distrust on the front lines. The amount of secondhand equipment is unknown, but the Defense Department has also sent newer gear in the form of night vision and first-aid kits.

One Ukrainian special forces soldier said, “Despite what people think, this is still a war.”