These “UAZ” vehicles were modified specially for Ukrainian border troops. They have already left for the Lugansk region to participate in an anti-terrorist operation.
Any armor means extra weight, so it’s not easy to make a vehicle good enough to protect people and to perform other functions. They have done the job rather well at the Nikolaevsk Locomotive Repair Plant.
Such vehicles have not participated in combat operations yet, it’s gonna be their first time.