Inside Russia's tinpot army as Putin's troops use off-the-shelf cameras, gamepads & sat navs to fix up planes & drones

VLADIMIR Putin's crumbling army has been forced to resort to off-the-shelf cameras, water bottles and game pads to fix up their planes and drones as they continue to be humiliated in Ukraine.

Russia's army has been exposed as it faces being bogged down and decimated by the Ukrainian defenders – with the country now littered with corpses and the wrecks of Putin's vehicles.



Kremlin soldiers have reportedly been left underequipped, under resourced, facing starvation and even suffering their vehicles running out of fuel.

And photos and videos show some of the ragtag, off the shelf gear which Russian troops are being forced to use to make ends meet.

Footage shows a soldier dismantling a Russian military surveillance drone that crashed in Ukraine, only to find that the drone is not as advanced as one might expect.

The clip, released by Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, shows that the drone uses a Canon camera that is mounted on a board with duct tape.

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And the mode dial of the camera has been sealed with glue- not exactly the high tech military equipment Russia boasts to have.

The camera used in the drone is a Canon EOS Rebel T6i , a £200-£300 DSLR camera launched in 2015.

And elsewhere in the clip, it shows the drone is jerry-rigged with a plastic bottle to use as a fuel tank.

Additionally, a report by Belarusian TV channel VoenTV appears to have accidently revealed that Russian drones are controlled by cheap Logitech gamepads,

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The report was about "how the Russian air defense systems S-300 and UAV 'Orlan-10', which 'protect the Belarusian sky', work".

The report showed that the drone Orlan-10 used a Logitech Gamepad F310, which was released in 2010 and a regular Canon camera.

The power button was again sealed with glue.

The vigilante hacker group Anonymous also noted the drone uses outdated Windows Vista- which was released back in 2007.

Pictures also show Russian soldiers appearing to be using commercially available, unencrypted walkie talkies.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Russian warplanes use commercial GPS receivers during their operations, reports the Defence blog.

Soviet Air Force veteran Viktor Alksnis shared images on social media of the Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber during a combat operation in Syria, noting a commercial GPS receiver secured with a clamp in the cockpit.

He said that Russians used the US manufactured receiver to duplicate the onboard navigation systems, which reportedly often malfunctioned.

And all this raises serious questions about the military might which Putin always boasts as one of the greatest in world.


Despite the Russian president's belief, that he could seize control of Kyiv within 48 hours, the bloody war has cost the lives of 20,000 of his troops, forcing him to resort to ageing retired soldiers.

Ukraine's hero fighters have repeatedly crushed Russian forces – forcing a raging Putin to resort to the merciless bombing of civilians.

A series of humiliating defeats with Putin's elite paratroopers facing a massacre on the battlefield and the Russian warship Moskva sinking in flames has led the raging dictator to launch hundreds of attacks on Ukraine.

Russian soldiers have also been thrown into battle with outdated weapons that were made years ago.

Footage showed despairing conscripts complaining of being “thrown into the s**t” with 1940s rifles that do not work.

Earlier this month Reuters reported that soldiers in the Donbas region had been given Mosin rifles, which were developed in the 1880s and went out of production decades ago.

Apart from old weapons, Russian forces have been reportedly using old maps as well.

Journalists in Trostyanets were shocked to discover a map that was left behind by Russian soldiers after realising it was from 1942.

The area conditions on the map were reportedly from 1990, the map was issued three years later and reprinted in 2007.

Russia has suffered heavy losses on the battlefield including eight generals and appears to have limited resources and logistical problems.

Morale among Russian soldiers has plummeted as they don't see the certain quick win they were promised, with many sabotaging their weapons and refusing to carry out orders.

Vladimir Putin did not anticipate the strong resistance of Ukrainian fighters and as a result, Russian troops have been reportedly starting to lack basic supplies such as food and fuel.

Michael Kofman, director of Russia studies at CNA told the Washington Post that Russians “did not properly organize the logistics necessary for an effective Plan B, which was to have an actual, serious fight in what is the largest country in Europe outside of Russia,”

Last month British defence intelligence tweeted that logistical problems were “preventing Russia from effectively resupplying their forward troops with even basic essentials such as food and fuel.”

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It comes as experts have claimed Russia could be using decoy aircraft to fool the Western satellites.

Long-range imagery shows what appears to be Styrofoam fighter jets being disassembled at the Lipetsk military airport in Russia – prompting claims Moscow could be trying to inflate the true size of their air forces.

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