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Ukraine rebels go to the museum - for WWII tanks and cannons

Published on Jul 26, 2014 1:59 AM
 

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Visiting a museum may be the last thing on the minds of hardened insurgents in east Ukraine, but a group of them turned up at one in Donetsk - only to make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers.

"They had written authorisation to take them away," said a bewildered guard from his sentry post outside the immense World War II museum in the insurgent-held city.

"They loaded them into a big truck. They took the tank that was least damaged. I think they're going to use them to fight," he said, refusing to give his name.

When an AFP journalist visited the museum on Friday there were still markings on the ground from where the separatist fighters had revved up their vintage loot and made off.

 
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