What could a pair of Ukrainians want with a nearly $1 million anti-aircraft missile system left behind by Russian troops?
That's the question Kyiv regional police find themselves facing after announcing on Saturday that two individuals had squirreled away a Russian missile launcher and its ammunition.
A photograph released by police appears to show the missile system being hidden under a black tarp in a yard filled with tall grass and unkempt shrubs.
The weaponry was believed to have been left behind by Russian troops after hostilities in the Chernihiv region, northwest of the capital of Kyiv, Kyiv regional police said in a statement released Saturday. Fighting there took place in the early days of the war.
The missile system and its ammunition were later moved, police said.
Two people, aged 38 and 45 and both from the Boryspil district southeast of the city of Kyiv, have been named as suspects in the case. One is accused of hiding the launcher in the Brovary district northeast of the city of Kyiv. The other stored the ammunition in a rented garage box in another part of the greater Kyiv region.
The two allegedly obtained the weapons illegally.
A police spokeswoman told CNN that the suspects did not explain why they did what they did, just that the weapons were hidden.