Ukraine’s state enterprise Ukroboronprom has delivered a batch of upgraded armoured personnel carriers (APC) BTR-4 to the Ukrainian military in the ATO zone.

The company has also delivered indigenously developed 120mm-calibre Molot mortar launchers to the Ukrainian forces.

Specialist company Kharkiv Morozov Machine equipped the APCs with new equipment, including German-built Deutz engines, as part of the upgrade, which aims to comply with Nato standards.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: "In 2015, restoration of the military equipment was our main focus, but today we do everything possible to supply the armed forces with fully equipped military equipment."

The latest acquisition is expected to significantly strengthen the Ukrainian forces amidst Russian aggression and emerging terrorist threats in the east of the country.

"Here, in Kharkiv, we are building a tradition of public military equipment transfer."

Ukroboronprom director general Roman Romanov said: "Here, in Kharkiv, we are building a tradition of public military equipment transfer. Our main customer is the people of Ukraine, so we introduce the practice of public control and we will continue to show the results of our work to Ukrainians.

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"Every citizen should see the equipment, in which he / she invests every month when paying taxes."

Previously, the company delivered ten experimental sniper rifles to the soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine.

Last week, Ukroboronprom’s Lviv Armoured Plant announced the launch of a new multi-purpose towing vehicle for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Image: Ukraine’s armoured personnel carriers (APC) BTR-4. Photo: courtesy of Ukroboronprom.