Russian troops steal $5 million in John Deere farm vehicles from Ukraine, revealing that they have been remotely disabled

Russian troops steal $5 million in John Deere farm vehicles from Ukraine, revealing that they have b ...

Russian soldiers are increasingly looting farm equipment, hundreds of thousands of tons of grain, and building materials, according to CNN.

A Russian military vehicle was used as a part of a heist on a John Deere dealership in Melitopol, and a flatbed truck with the letter Z painted on the side. The symbol was used to demonstrate support for the invasion, and was why a Russian pro Dota 2 player was canceled over the weekend.

Two combine harvesters valued at $300,000 each, and 27 pieces of farm machinery, including other types of tractors and seeders. The total value of all the goods was $5 million.

When they''re locked, they''re almost useless.

Some of the equipment was shipped to a nearby village, but the rest ended up 700 miles away in Chechnya. Many of the equipment is equipped with GPS tracking systems, which can be remotely controlled, which means they are also possible to be disabled and locked remotely.

"When the invaders drove the stolen harvesters to Chechnya, they realized that they could not even turn them on, because the harvesters were locked remotely," according to CNN''s contact.

As consultants in Moscow try to bypass the remote locks, the equipment is said to be sitting on a farm near Grozny. If they are unsuccessful, the only solution would be to sell the machines for spare parts.

We''ve heard from several people about how technology is playing a huge role in the Russia/Ukraine conflict, from DJI''s drone sales to the United States, which is aimed at Russian Bitcoin miners.

Darla Hueske''s middle image: Ben Seymour

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