NATO, the EU wants to track weapons sent to Ukraine’s media

Western nations? Go blank? on where the weapons are at the moment they enter Ukraine, an official told the

Concerns are growing among NATO and EU members over how Ukraine handles the weapons provided by the West, Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Western countries are now trying to set up a special tracking mechanism to try to prevent these weapons from ending up in Europe’s black markets, the newspaper added.

Since the start of ’s operation in Ukraine, the and its allies in Europe and elsewhere have pledged more than $ 10 billion in military aid to . The arms shipments included large quantities of small arms, as well as portable anti-tank and anti- missiles.

“All these weapons land in southern Poland, are transported to the border and then divided into vehicles to pass: trucks, vans, sometimes private cars,” an unidentified Western official told the Financial Times, explaining why the EU and NATO wanted Kyiv to carry a detailed inventory of all Western weapons it received.

“From that moment on, we go blank in their place and we have no idea where they go, where they are used or even if they stay in the country,” the official added. According to the EU law enforcement agency, some of the weapons may have already left Ukrainian territory and found their way back to Europe.

In April, Europol warned that its investigations indicated that weapons were being smuggled from Ukraine into the EU to supply organized criminal groups. The conflict in Ukraine “has resulted in the proliferation of a significant number of firearms and explosives in the country,” the agency said at the time.

Europol appeared to be particularly concerned about the fact that the Ukrainian authorities had “abandoned” the practice of keeping “registers of firearms distributed to civilians” at the beginning of the conflict. “Firearms have been distributed without a register since then,” the agency said, demanding that a similar register be created for all weapons and military equipment transferred from the EU to Ukraine.

Kyiv has denied “becoming a major hub for arms smuggling.” According to Yury Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, “every move of weapons is monitored and monitored either into Ukraine or out of Ukraine … very closely by both Ukraine and our international partners.”

Washington also said it trusted Kyiv, although it acknowledged that the prospect of US arms being sent to Ukraine was in the wrong hands was “among a number of considerations” due to the “challenging situation” on the ground.

“We are confident in the Ukrainian Government’s commitment to adequately protect and account for the United States. [weapons]”The United States Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins told reporters in on Friday.

America’s European allies seem less confident on the whole issue. “It is difficult to avoid trafficking or smuggling,” Czech Defense Minister Jana Cernochova told reporters in Prague on Friday, adding that Western countries had failed to “achieve it in the former Yugoslavia and probably will not avoid it in Ukraine.” According to the minister, it would not be possible to track every single object even if the donor nations did everything they could to track the weapons.

In June, the Swedish sounded the alarm that weapons sent to Kyiv could end up with criminal gangs. Interpol Secretary Juergen Stock also expressed similar concern during the same month.



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