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Uncontrolled arms turnover is another danger in Ukraine

With the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the russian army on the defending Ukraine, the situation with the black market of weapons became very serious. Undoubtedly, the fact that the civilian population was able to legally own weapons played a positive role in the liberation of some regions. For example, some districts of the Kyiv and Kharkiv regions were liberated from the occupiers by self-defense forces (territorial national defense units). But not all weapons are used to protect against the russian invaders. Submachine guns, grenades, and pistols can be used in domestic conflicts and lead to casualties among the civilian population. This is one of the dark sides of the war.

The police and military services are active in the search for illegal arms dealers and report monthly on the facts of illegal storage and trade.

For example, in the Bashtan district (southern region of Ukraine), the police exposed local residents for illegal storage of weapons. Law enforcement officers seized a hand-held grenade launcher, cartridges for a small-arms weapon, and a grenade. Currently, these men face up to seven years in prison.

The police found a bunch of weapons and ammunition from another resident of southern Ukraine. Machine guns, RPG-18s, grenades with fuses for them, pistols and about three thousand cartridges of various calibers. He also faces up to 7 years in prison.

The Security Service of Ukraine exposed one of the volunteer battalions of Kyiv for illegal possession of weapons and ammunition. During the searches, more than 60 units of unregistered Kalashnikov assault rifles and about 1,000 pieces of ammunition for them were seized.

In the city of Rivne, an unknown man threw a grenade at the playground. According to preliminary information, four people were injured, including a young child. The police have already arrested the guilty man and his friend. Such terrible incidents among the civilian population are also the consequences of the war that Russia started.

A resident of the Mykolaiv region was looking for weapons left by the invaders and selling them on the black market. He tried to sell a box of grenades, an infantry flamethrower and a grenade launcher, all of which the attacker valued at $1,800. When he received the money, he was detained.

After the retreat of russian soldiers in several regions, a lot of abandoned weapons remained in the liberated territories. For example, in the administrative building of the city of Kherson, the police found grenades and ammunition. The russians left the weapons, but the TVs, washing machines, computers and air conditioners were stolen...

And in this place near the city of Kherson, the russian military was less fortunate. To save themselves from the rapidly approaching Ukrainian soldiers, the russians took off all their ammunition, bulletproof vests, helmets and swam across the river practically naked. The video shows dozens of abandoned grenades, machine guns, helmets and other equipment and weapons.

Mykolaiv pyrotechnicians destroy more than 200 shells and mines per day in the de-occupied territories. Therefore, local residents should not rush to return home yet.

The Security Service of Ukraine found more than 100 mines in the liberated areas of the Mykolaiv region, which the enemy hid in schools. Hundreds of anti-tank weapons, artillery shells and live grenades. Also, enemy caches with explosives were set up on the territory of social facilities, including hospitals and schools.

During the repair of the Dnieper-Mykolaiv water pipeline, the brigade's official car exploded. A KamAZ truck ran over an anti-tank mine. Luckily, none of our workers

were hurt. We will continue repair work, - the mayor of Nikolaev Alexander Senkevich.

The Ukrainian authorities constantly note the danger of returning to the de-occupied territories due to the huge number of explosive devices left by the occupiers. Several months are needed to clear mines in the liberated Mykolaiv region.

The remains of the shells that russian troops fired at Kharkiv. Sappers collect them around the city.

Since Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, Western states have provided more than $10 billion in military aid ranging from man-portable rocket launchers and armored personnel carriers to rifles and ammunition. This weapon also needs control. The European Union is now planning to take measures to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Ukraine, as they can fall into “the wrong hands”, and the EU, together with the Ukrainian authorities and Moldova, is going to fight this.

It should be noted that earlier russian media actively spread the thesis that Western weapons that are supplied to Ukraine are often stolen and end up on the black market. But such statements may be part of russia's information war. Almost all the weapons on the black market are precisely the weapons abandoned by the russian occupiers during the retreat.

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