Censored Weapons Used by Pro-Ukrainian Russian Freedom Legion in Belgorod
The "Russian Freedom Legion", which claims to be an armed dissident group made up of Russian nationals and has ties to Ukraine’s military, released videos of a recent attack carried out in the Shebekinsky District in Belgorod, Russia.
Notably, the outfit deliberately blurred some of the weapons used by the RFL in the video. This may be for reasons of plausible deniability, as the group is somewhat cagey about its association with Kyiv.
However, Militant Wire was able to identify some of these blurred weapons. The first of these is the Swedish-made Pansarskott m/86 anti-tank weapon.
These shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons were some of the many supplied to Ukraine by the West in 2022. The AT4—as it is alternatively known among most NATO troops—is also frequently used by many units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).
We also came across these anti-tank weapons among those that the Russian Armed Forces seized from the Pro-Ukrainian units, who recently attacked Belgorod.
As seen in the video, several Pansarskott m/86 anti-tank weapons were used by RFL troops in Belgorod, and the images of these weapons were blurred in the video.
A review of the video reveals that Pansarskott m/86 anti-tank weapons are not the only weapons that have been blurred. The assault rifles of many RFL fighters were as well.
When its general structure is examined, it is seen that at least one of these rifles is the 5.56x45mm Daniel Defense DDM4 assault rifle.
This weapon is also used by the fighter who recorded the GoPro video. It can further be noted that at least one of the rifles is equipped with Aimpoint Micro-series optics, although the image is not very clear.
DDM4 assault rifles are also one of the assault rifles supplied to the AFU and are frequently used by numerous units on the Ukrainian side.
Another noteworthy "blurred" weapon is the possible 5.56x45mm FN F2000 bullpup assault rifle.
Although it is difficult to get a clear image in the video, when the blurred figure is examined, it is seen that at least one fighter is carrying an FN F2000 bullpup assault rifle.
These guns were supplied by Belgium to the AFU.
M4-pattern carbines are also among the weapons used by the RFL in Belgorod and are similarly blurred in the video.
The Ukrainian Army has both civilian market-origin (semi-automatic) and military M4-pattern assault carbines.
Therefore, although the exact models of the M4-pattern carbines in the video cannot be identified, their general outlines reveal these rifles.
Apart from these, various Soviet/Russian weapons are also seen in the hands of the group. There is no clear information about these weapons being used by the fighters or which ones were captured and which belonged to them before their assault.
An RFL fighter is seen in this video with an AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher, a PK(M) general-purpose machine gun, and an AK-74 with GP-25 under-barrel grenade launcher.
These Russian/Soviet weapons have not been blurred in the video as can be seen.
In short, the blurred weapons (at least most of them) appear to be those mostly supplied to Ukraine by various countries outside of the former Soviet Union.