© Ria Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov
Highly dangerous type of weaponry - man-portable air defense systems (MANPADs) - have gone missing from two Ukrainian military units, according to a high-ranking official in Kiev.
Several, and maybe even several dozen 9K38 Igla (Needle) air defense systems (SA-18 Grouse in NATO's classification) have been stolen, a Ukrainian military official, who wished to remain anonymous, told RIA Novosti.
The shortage was, according to him, registered in Ukraine's 80th airmobile regiment, which had 54 MANPADs, and the 27th airmobile brigade, stationed 45 km away from Lvov, which possessed 90 Iglas.
The new leadership of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry is, according to the RIA
source, taking measures to "camouflage the grave situation
" by adding old and experimental items of the weapon to the stockpile.