Posted 21 июля 2023,, 04:15

Published 21 июля 2023,, 04:15

Modified 21 июля 2023,, 07:31

Updated 21 июля 2023,, 07:31

The Pentagon announced the theft of weapons sent to Ukraine

The Pentagon announced the theft of weapons sent to Ukraine

21 июля 2023, 04:15
The criminals pretended to be employees of humanitarian missions and stole bulletproof vests, the US Department of Defense reported.

According to the report of the Pentagon Inspector General, some of the Western weapons and equipment provided to the Ukrainian army ended up in the hands of criminal organizations, volunteer employees and arms dealers. However, later it was possible to return the loss. Information about this was obtained by CNN.

The report provides examples of crimes, for example, when in June last year a group of criminals posing as humanitarian workers stole bulletproof vests totaling $17 thousand. In August, another group consisting of soldiers of a volunteer battalion stole 60 rifles and about 1,000 rounds of ammunition, storing them in a warehouse, presumably for sale on the black market.

The report covers the period from February to September last year. It also notes that the plans of the attackers were disclosed by the Ukrainian special services, but Kiev failed to carry out the necessary monitoring of the end use of the US weapons provided, transferred in fiscal year 2022. This is due to the limited presence of States in the country, which made it difficult for the Pentagon to track and control the transferred weapons, as required by the Equipment Export Control Act.

Monitoring of night vision devices turned out to be more difficult than in the case of helicopters and missiles, thanks to intelligence systems. Dated October 6, the report became the basis for inspections of weapons depots by American inspectors at the end of the same month. This made it possible to improve the monitoring of equipment and control its direction. Washington also handed over tracking systems, including scanners and software, to Kiev, according to a statement by Deputy Minister Colin Kal in February.

Earlier this week, American entrepreneur, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, in his Twitter, called for disclosing information about how US aid provided to Ukraine is being used. He stated that it would be nice for the public to know exactly how these funds are spent. Musk made the statement in response to the news that Washington was preparing another package of military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $ 1.3 billion.