UNIAN on 24th October carried an article on a OCCRP report saying that sales of illegal weapons have doubled in Ukraine in the past year, according to the national police, many of them smuggled from the east of the country where a war against Russia-backed forces still simmers.  During just one operation, 913 firearms, 804 grenades and 266 explosives from illicit trafficking were seized.  Also, almost 100,000 units of ammunition and 195 kg of explosive substances were seized.  There is also evidence that many of the arms now in the control of non-state groups in Ukraine fall into the hands of organised crime groups selling arms to the Middle East, often through Odesa, Reuters reports.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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