Florida gun maker donates unclaimed $200,000 rifle order to Ukraine armed forces

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Ukraine has use for all sorts of aid, and along with the usual humanitarian donations, and now, thanks to a Florida manufacturer, they have $200,000 worth of rifles as well.

After Keltec, based in Cocoa, Florida, received an order from Odesa, Ukraine, for 400 9mm rifles, it promptly got to work assembling the weapons and slogging through the paperwork and bureaucracy needed to ship the weapons.

However, when the papers were all finally signed, stamped, and double checked for dotted “i’s” and crossed “t’s,” a process taking 4 months (which in such transactions is actually quite smooth), Russian President Vladimir Putin had launched his war of conquest against Ukraine and the client was no longer reachable.

While this could have prompted the manufacturer to simply throw the weapons in a warehouse or throw them into the clearance bin, instead they opted to deliver the weapons anyway: to the Ukrainian army.

Adrian Kellgren, Industrial Production Director for Keltec, spoke to NewsNation on Friday:

“This is just right to get them over there so they do what they were designed to do — defend their home and state.”

The company hadn’t originally intended to announce the donation, according to a Facebook post, but the media picked up on it anyway through its Justice Department filing which registered the transaction on behalf of foreign agents (Ukrainian nationals).

The weapons themselves are folding semi-automatic rifles, which are ideal for urban combat, according to Keltec. The Russians are, on the whole, using slightly more advanced weaponry, Keltec insisted that in the right hands the weapons will do just fine, given the Ukrainian spirit and will to resist:

“The only thing that’s going to make a difference in this case is the people using them,” Kellgren told NewsNation.

The Russian invasion, which began on February 24th, has since stalled, and as of writing, much of the Russian army appears to have settled for shelling Ukrainian cities and civilian targets after costly frontal assaults on major cities which have mostly ended in failure. As of Sunday, Russia has still not managed to capture any critical strategic targets such as Kiev or Kharkhov, and after initial successes in the south, appears to have not advanced appreciably past Kherson, and Mariupol still holds out.

Morale within the Russian army appears to be at critical lows, with alleged cases of soldiers shooting themselves in the legs to avoid being sent to Ukraine, while captured pilots talk of a mutinous attitude within the ranks towards Putin.

Meanwhile, international criticism of the Russian war effort continues, as raw footage continuously emerges of widespread Russian war atrocities deliberately targeted at unarmed Ukrainian civilians, such as deliberate bombardment of civilian refuges, evacuation corridors, and extensive shootings of civilians and mass rape.


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