Ukrainian Small Arms in the War With Russia

Various AK Rifles / GYSGT Erik S. Hansen, USMC

The war in Ukraine is in its sixth month and shows no signs of slowing down. Today, we’ll take a peek at the weapons used by the Ukrainian special forces.

Like a lot of former Soviet bloc countries, Ukrainian special forces’ tactics, equipment, and even special operations forces are very Russian. This also applies to their names, with units like Spetsnaz and Alpha group existing in both Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine has had a bit of a western influence as of late, and that’s even beginning to show with its small arms.

While the Ukrainian special forces are modernizing, they do retain a large number of small arms from Russia. The main rifle of the Ukrainian military is the AK-74 series. These 5.45x39mm assault rifles provide a very reliable and controllable platform. The smaller 5.45 caliber provides softer recoiling rounds with less muzzle rise.

Read more at Business Insider 

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