The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has returned 30 legendary T-34-85 tanks to the Russian Federation, as shown in footage shot in Vladivostok and released on Wednesday.

“These T-34-85 [tanks] were returned to the Russian Federation in the full working order. They are ready to be used which means that they did not lose their combat capacity and their combat power,” General-major Alexander Khanov, head of the Armoured Automobile Service, said.

The tanks have been in active service in Laos since 1987. Following a visit by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in January last year, the two countries agreed that the vehicles would be returned to Russia.

The tanks will be transported to Naro-Fominsk in the Moscow Region, after which they are expected to be used as museum exhibits, film props and participate in parades.

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Luis Lazaro Tijerina
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Thirty legendary T-34 tanks Returned to Russia by Laos (For General-major Alexander Khanov) How the Pathet Lao spread like wildfire, In those historic years— Across the plains and mountains of beautiful Laos, Their T-34 tanks lumbering like Indian elephants, Even into the Mekong valley, Where the Hmong ran away to save their lives— Beware of the allies you take. The bombing raids by the Americans, Now a scared memory of those who perished in the burning orange-infested jungles, Did not deter the advance to a victory. Legendary tanks now returning home in glory, To bastions of Mother Russia. Luis Lázaro… Read more »

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Weldon Cheek

Should give them to donbass and then we can witness the terror of the nazis from ukraine just like the terror they felt all those years ago when the t34 made its way towards the reich!