Arms smuggling 'rumors' are 'Russian propaganda', says Ukraine

“Rumors” of arms trafficking are “Russian propaganda”, ensures Ukraine

MISE À DAY

Kyiv on Wednesday denounced “Russian propaganda” in response to “rumors” of arms trafficking from Ukraine, assuring that the weapons supplied by Westerners were all “carefully counted and sent to the front”. 

Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, described arms deliveries by Washington and European states as “a matter of survival” for his country and the “surveillance” of these weapons as being “a “priority”.

“All weapons received by Ukraine, including long-range weapons, are carefully accounted for and sent to the front,” he said on Twitter. 

“All other rumors are banal Russian propaganda aimed at disrupting deliveries”, he concluded.

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson announced Monday in Prague the creation of a “hub of support for internal security and border management in Moldova” – a candidate country for entry into the EU – whose first meeting was devoted to firearms trafficking.

The «rumors» of arms trafficking are of “Russian propaganda”, assures Ukraine

“We have some indications” on trafficking, dropped Ylva Johansson, adding that “we know how much of weapons there are in Ukraine and of course not all of them are always in the right hands”.

The EU is concerned that the scenario of the war in the former Yugoslavia is repeating itself, where arms trafficking has been organized for the benefit of organized crime.

Weapons from the former Yugoslavia have also found their way into the hands of jihadists who have struck Western Europe in recent years, as at the time of the attacks in Paris on 1 November 3, 2015.