This photo shows Ukrainian Special Forces deployed in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine where they have been fighting Pro-Russian rebels. They are armed with Fort-221, the Ukrainian licensed version of the Tavor TAR-21. This must, I think, be the first time the Tavor has been deployed for combat in Europe.

Thanks to Tony for passing on the photo,

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  • So could this be the first time the rifle has seen combat conditions outside of the IDF? Unless you count the Thai coup…

    • andrey kireev

      I’m about to use mine back in Utah for hunting coyotes this winter, ill gladly share my results =)

  • Tadeas Plachy

    2 rifles for 11 men, Stalingrad anyone? 😀

  • Lloyd

    Looks like a good ad for the Tavor. The IDF uses it in terrible heat, and Ukrainians use it in the snow.

    • Mr.T

      Depends on the outcome ,if the get their asses kicked like the last time it won’t mater if they had a super trooper gun.

  • This will be good for combat proving the rifle outside of the IDF. Also best of luck to the Ukranian soldiers using them. they’ll probably need it

  • Zugunder

    Ukrainian Special Forces are… Special…

  • Grindstone50k

    But MULTICAM!

    • Jon

      MULTICAM does make a winter version!!

  • noob

    why does that guy have red electrical tape on both arms? is he a medic?

    • USMC03Vet

      Maybe it’s the Ukrainian version of the U.S. glow belts?

  • noob

    also, what kind of body armor is that? it has a lot of coverage and weird shoulder things

    • Jon

      “Shoulder things”

      That would be IIIA body armor. Not really sure why they are using it though. Somehow I do not think the Russians, I mean the separatist are only using pistols. That body armor is not uncommon in law enforcement, but unusual here.

  • Freedoooom

    Last I checked, the Ukrainian SOF units defected 9 months ago.

  • Simcha M.

    Life sure is strange. In Israel’s War of Independence of 1948, we Israelis were armed primarily with Nazi small arms.

    Now it’s the 21st century and we are selling weapons to the Ukrainians who rank right up there with the Nazis, Poles and Russians for vicious anti-semitism.

    Moozar, moozar me-ode.

    • Can you explain this? How can this happen in country with anti-semitism?

      Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi – Israeli business oligarch of Jewish descent and the current Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Region of Ukraine.

      A multibillionaire, Kolomoyskyi is rated as the second or third richest person in Ukraine…

      • Simcha M.

        It’s called an “exception to the rule”, tovarish Vitaly. All rules have their exceptions. How old are you that you don’t know this, anyways?????

  • Joshua

    I feel bad for them. The X95 has a less than stellar rep with the IDF.

    The Tavor is a different story, but those appear to be the X95. Could just be the picture though, correct me if I’m wrong.

    The Tavor is a good rifle, but somewhere along the way to the X95 they just screwed it all up and made a pretty bad weapon.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Where did you hear that? All I’ve heard about the X-95 is stellar reviews from the soldiers, whereas the Tavor had mixed reviews for several reasons. I haven’t met a single soldier that didn’t prefer the X-95 to the M-4A1.

    • mig1nc

      Maybe the ones build in the Ukraine don’t have those issues? I’ve never heard anything about the Fort-221.

  • FourString

    The kids are looking at them with SMH expressions

  • Simcha M.

    Anti-Semitism runs very, very, very deep in Eastern Europe.

    Anti-semitic acts of vandalism and violence have skyrocketed in Eastern Europe since the fall of Communism and increased greatly in Western Europe since 9-11.

  • Simcha M.

    Instead of trolling me and wasting valuable webpage real estate, do your own research. Lots of information out there on the Web, just stay away from the Leftist and conspiracy-theory websites.
    Merry Christmas.
    End Transmission.

  • Simcha M.

    Exactly what part of “End Transmission” did you not understand??

    I googled “anti-semitism Ukraine” and got 716K results.

  • vanaheym

    For urban terrain, where they act mostly – this is OK. In the area of their actiity – there mostly abandoned plants and cities. Also, this photo was taken righ after meeting with volunteers, who brought stuff for hem