Russian troops stole ~$5 million worth of tractors in Ukraine


Нова серія тракторів 9R/9RT/9RX

Too bad they can’t make them run, eh?

Russian troops stole almost $5 million worth of farm equipment from a John Deere dealer in the occupied city of Melitopol, Ukraine, only to discover that the machines have been shut down remotely, making them inoperable, according to a report from CNN. Some of the equipment, which comes with a remote locking feature and a built-in GPS, was tracked over 700 miles away in the Zakhan Yurt village of Chechnya…

“When the invaders drove the stolen harvesters to Chechnya, they realized that they could not even turn them on, because the harvesters were locked remotely,” CNN’s source told the outlet.

This isn’t the first time that looting has backfired on Russian troops during its invasion of Ukraine. According to a report from The Times, a Ukrainian man has been using Apple’s Find My feature — which locates a device using Bluetooth signals that bounce off other nearby Apple devices — to track the movements of Russian troops after they stole his AirPods. He’s been able to view their movements on a map and even watched them as they appeared to retreat from an attack on Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv…

Anyone acquainted with the changes in warfare in the last century or so barely recognizes what is happening outside of technology used in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Everything but hardware is run like the 19th Century or earlier. Including theft and looting as a military responsibility.

3 thoughts on “Russian troops stole ~$5 million worth of tractors in Ukraine

  1. воровской мир says:

    Looting is part of Russia’s state policy as Russia has already stolen about 400,000 tonnes of grain in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories and Russian soldiers carry off even toilet bowls from private houses. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3476068-russia-has-already-stolen-400000-tonnes-of-ukrainian-grain.html
    A “tonne” is equal to 1,000 kg. In the US it may be referred to as a “metric ton”.
    The North American ton (only used in the United States and Canada) is equal to 2,000 pounds or 907.1847 kg. It is sometimes referred to as the “short ton” or “net ton”.

  2. Blockade says:

    Ukraine cannot export about 90 million tonnes of agricultural products due to the blockade of its ports by Russia, and this could lead to a global food crisis.
    https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-economy/3478674-ukraine-cannot-export-about-90m-tonnes-of-agricultural-products-due-to-blocking-of-ports-shmyhal.html
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said this in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.
    “Ukraine has proved to be an extremely powerful producer and supplier of food to the world. Now the world is preparing for a powerful food crisis caused not by sanctions against Russia, but, in fact, by its actions to block our seaports. We cannot export about 90 million tonnes of our agricultural products,” he stressed.
    He clarified that for the first time in the past hundred years, a situation has been recorded when one state blocks the ports of another in order to create a food crisis in the world.
    “Seaports are blocked, and 70% of these exports went through them. In fact, the greater part of our border is in the war zone or with unfriendly countries. We have a very reliable ‘bottleneck’ for exports, but with much lower capacity compared to ports. I’m talking about our western border with Europe,” Shmyhal added.

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