published on Jan. 25 by Armament Research Services, a specialty arms and
munitions consultancy in Perth, Australia, says the mysterious cufflink-shaped
projectiles presumably fired by riot police on Hrushevskoho Street at
protesters during clashes this week are not meant for riot control, but for
stopping vehicles, busting through doors and piercing armor.
The report was conducted based on photographic evidence in Perth by ARES director N.R. Jenzen-Jones, and physical evidence by a source in Ukraine familiar with government service ammunition and weaponry who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from authorities.
The bullets, writes Jenzen-Jones, who specializes in Eastern bloc weapons, says the bullets are special armor-piercing 12-gauge shotgun projectiles, likely developed and produced by
the Spetstekhnika (Specialized Equipment) design bureau, a facility located in
Kyiv and associated with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.