As you know, immediately after the start of the special operation, the West promised Ukraine extensive military assistance worth many billions of dollars. It included armored vehicles, and rocket launchers, and small arms, and a huge amount of ammunition. However, along the way, it turns out that not all of these weapons reach the combat area, many copies do not even cross the border of Ukraine, but instead appear on the European black market.
At the same time, adviser to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Yuriy Sak said that the movement of weapons is carefully monitored and controlled by both Ukraine and its partners.
But Czech Defense Minister Yana Chernokhova complained to reporters: "It's hard to avoid human trafficking or smuggling - we couldn't do it in the former Yugoslavia and probably won't be able to avoid it in Ukraine."
She expressed her hope that arms donor countries were taking all necessary steps to trace the shipments, but warned that it was not possible to track every item.
Worried about this state of affairs, the countries of the European Union and NATO insist on the creation of an effective inventory system and careful control over the supply of weapons to Ukraine, reports the British publication Financial Times , citing Western officials who are aware of this issue, one of whom explained to the publication:
“All these weapons land in the south of Poland, are brought to the border, and then simply distributed to vehicles for crossing the border: trucks, vans, sometimes private cars. And from that moment on, we do not know anything about its whereabouts and have no idea where it goes, where it is used and whether it remains in the country.”