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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