The war in Ukraine has been dragging on for about four months now, and coverage has seemingly focused on the heavier weapons that have been sent into Ukraine, whether that be Western-supplied tanks and armored fighting vehicles, artillery, or even the contested proposals of sending MiG-29s to Ukraine. Today, we focus on a unique and rare small firearm that has been spotted in use by the Ukrainian forces against the Russians – the Belgian FN F2000 bullpup rifle.

Various photos of the small arm being used in Ukraine have surfaced online, notably from the Ukraine Weapons Tracker Twitter account and the TPYXA English Twitter accounts. The first photo shows a Ukrainian soldier with his back up against a slope on grassy and woody terrain. Other than that, the photo does not really provide any context regarding their location or what they’re doing, apart from the fact that they are in use. Other photographs of the weapon are seen with the Ukrainian forces posing for a photo behind an ordinary pickup truck.

Furthermore, there is also no information regarding how and when it got into Ukrainian hands from Belgium. There are reports that Ukraine had received some 10,000 rifles from the Belgians, including the SCAR-L and FNC, but made no mention of F2000 assault rifles. Looks like they were included in that package as well.

Last February, it was reported that some 3,000 automatic rifles, 2,000 machine guns, and 200 anti-tank grenade launchers from Belgium were due to arrive for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Another report also stated that Belgium was to supply Ukraine with 5,000 FNC assault rifles and 3,800 tons of fuel.