The involvement of the West in the Ukraine/Russia conflict has proven to be nothing more than a complete money pit. Weapons and equipment supplied by Western countries have been stolen.
A report by the Pentagon inspector general has revealed that some of the military equipment supplied to Ukraine by the United States and its allies during the conflict with Russia has fallen into the hands of criminal groups, volunteer fighters, and traffickers. Who could have possibly seen that coming?
CNN and Militray.com reported on the content of the paper, entitled “Evaluation of the DoD’s Accountability of Equipment Provided to Ukraine,” on Thursday, after obtaining the document via a Freedom of Information Act request. The report, which came out in October, examined the period from February 2022, when the fighting between Moscow and Kyiv began, to September of that year.
The US office of Defense Cooperation in Kiev “was unable to conduct required [end-use monitoring] of military equipment that the United States provided to Ukraine in FY 2022,” the report read, as cited by CNN. According to the inspector general, the problems stemmed from the “inability of DoD personnel to visit areas where equipment provided to Ukraine was being used or stored.”
Last June, an organized crime group, allegedly overseen by an “unspecified Russian official,” infiltrated a volunteer battalion and stole various weapons, including a grenade launcher and a machine gun, as well as more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. “The perceived intent of the group was to conduct destabilizing activities,” the report read, as cited by Military.com.-RT
Russia has repeatedly said that it strongly opposes the supply of Western weapons to Kyiv. There have been many times that Moscow has pointed to the danger of those arms being smuggled out of Ukraine and sold on the black market. In May, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that “terrorist and criminal activity could reach unprecedented scale” around the globe.