Wagner Shows Off Captured Western Small Arms Near Bakhmut

Footage released by a Russian Wagner-linked telegram shows Wagner presenting western small arms captured from Ukraine reportedly during operations near Bakhmut in Paraskovievka. Paraskovievka is about 3 miles North of Bakhmut.


Captured weapons, especially small arms, is a certainty for both sides. The list of weapons themselves shouldn't be foreign to most that have been following the war in Ukraine, though. Lets run through some of what was captured:
1. 40mm Milkor Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL) - Translation Note: He states that it isn't "under barrel" and that it's "revolver type". Thanks...
2. US Military M4 (with Government Markings) - Translation Note: He states that the M4 has a QR code, which meant that (at one point) it was "issued to active US units".
3. Daniel Defense MK18 (Full Auto) - Translation Note: He states that the origin of this rifle is "from American police and civilian donations".
4. CZ Bren - Translation Note: He states that it is "NATO compatible" and is more than likely referencing the magazines (M4 magazines) and caliber (5.56x45).
5. M240B Machine Gun (appears to have sustained damage to the feed tray cover and is missing the heat shield atop the barrel) - Translation Note: Says it's an M240B.


There are quite a few other rifles and handguns littered around behind him, though the video resolution isn't the best to make out what any of them are. I don't have a translation for the video, but will be engaging with our Discord shortly after posting to see if there's one floating around. If there is, I'll update this post with it. I'd be interested to hear his description of these. If I'm not mistaken, I heard the word "Bazooka" at one point.


UPDATED: I have added translation notes next to the weapon systems thanks to our community Discord. Specifically, a thank you to "Corky 338".


If you guys find things out in the wild that you think are relevant for archival here, tag us on socials; I'm @RonnieAdkins_ on Instagram and Twitter..


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Footage released by a Russian Wagner-linked telegram shows Wagner presenting western small arms captured from Ukraine reportedly during operations near Bakhmut in Paraskovievka. Paraskovievka is about 3 miles North of Bakhmut.


Captured weapons, especially small arms, is a certainty for both sides. The list of weapons themselves shouldn't be foreign to most that have been following the war in Ukraine, though. Lets run through some of what was captured:
1. 40mm Milkor Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL) - Translation Note: He states that it isn't "under barrel" and that it's "revolver type". Thanks...
2. US Military M4 (with Government Markings) - Translation Note: He states that the M4 has a QR code, which meant that (at one point) it was "issued to active US units".
3. Daniel Defense MK18 (Full Auto) - Translation Note: He states that the origin of this rifle is "from American police and civilian donations".
4. CZ Bren - Translation Note: He states that it is "NATO compatible" and is more than likely referencing the magazines (M4 magazines) and caliber (5.56x45).
5. M240B Machine Gun (appears to have sustained damage to the feed tray cover and is missing the heat shield atop the barrel) - Translation Note: Says it's an M240B.


There are quite a few other rifles and handguns littered around behind him, though the video resolution isn't the best to make out what any of them are. I don't have a translation for the video, but will be engaging with our Discord shortly after posting to see if there's one floating around. If there is, I'll update this post with it. I'd be interested to hear his description of these. If I'm not mistaken, I heard the word "Bazooka" at one point.


UPDATED: I have added translation notes next to the weapon systems thanks to our community Discord. Specifically, a thank you to "Corky 338".


If you guys find things out in the wild that you think are relevant for archival here, tag us on socials; I'm @RonnieAdkins_ on Instagram and Twitter..


About the Author

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Ronnie Adkins

Ronnie is a US Army Intelligence and Information Operations veteran. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, first as a driver, and second with the 75th Ranger Regiment as an Information Operations Chief. Ronnie is a full-time content creator on the Funker530 platform, as well as his own YouTube channel. Follow Ronnie's work at RonnieAdkins.com

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