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"russians" plunder $5M farm vehicles from Ukraine -- to find they've been remotely disabled

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Russian troops in the occupied city of Melitopol have stolen all the equipment from a farm equipment dealership -- and shipped it to Chechnya, according to a Ukrainian businessman in the area.
But after a journey of more than 700 miles, the thieves were unable to use any of the equipment -- because it had been locked remotely.
Over the past few weeks there's been a growing number of reports of Russian troops stealing farm equipment, grain and even building materials - beyond widespread looting of residences. But the removal of valuable agricultural equipment from a John Deere dealership in Melitopol speaks to an increasingly organized operation, one that even uses Russian military transport as part of the heist



Education is, let’s say, not important in Pootin´s Muscovy .... GAME OVER!
 

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The disabling isn't permanent. They'll figure it out. There's probably a Youtube video on it. :(
John Deere would likely be the only ones who could re-flash the computers. They would require proof of ownership. Not saying the Russians wouldn't find and bribe a JD employee.
 

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Funny, odds are it would take someone with real knowledge of John Deere systems to enable those.
 

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Funny, odds are it would take someone with real knowledge of John Deere systems to enable those.

You would think they have enough tech brainpower to figure it out.

But, based on how well their vaunted army is doing, I suspect all they really have is a straight bladed screwdriver and a can of ether!
 

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You would think they have enough tech brainpower to figure it out.

But, based on how well their vaunted army is doing, I suspect all they really have is a straight bladed screwdriver and a can of ether!

True, Russia is running around Ukraine at the moment with a whole lot of 1990s era Russian tanks a significant percentage of which are smoldering somewhere in the countryside or were towed off by Ukrainian people.
 
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