In an interview with one of the state agencies of the Russian Federation, the head of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Denys Pushylin said that Ukraine sells on the black market the weapons it receives from Western partners.
First, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder confirmed that there are no signs that Ukraine would transfer weapons to third countries.
“Currently, we have no reliable information that would indicate that any redirection of Ukrainian aid for illegal purposes has taken place”noted the official representative of the US Department of Defense.
He also stressed that the results on the battlefield speak for themselves.
Secondly, Ukrainian representatives also denied this information. In a comment to Ukrinform, the spokeswoman of the state corporation “Ukroboronprom” Natalia Sad said that the information about the transfer of weapons from Ukraine to third countries is completely nonsense. She added that Ukraine itself needs weapons, and any change on the battlefield depends not only on the Ukrainian military, but also on supplying the Ukrainian army with weapons.
“What we manufacture, repair, import from abroad and receive as part of international technical assistance is not yet enough to reach a turning point in the course of this war”, explained Natalia Sad.
In addition, she pointed out that since the beginning of the full-scale war, the Ukroboronprom has stopped the execution of any export contracts and that the Ukrainian defense industry works exclusively on strengthening the defense capabilities of the ‘Ukraine.
“When it comes to international technical assistance or what we receive from our western partners, everything goes to the armed forces. In addition, there are also control tools. In Ukraine, a temporary special commission of the Verkhovna Rada has been created to monitor the receipt and use of weapons supplied to Ukraine by international partners during martial law,” Natalia Sad said.
The task of this commission will be to prepare and submit for consideration by the Rada legislative initiatives on the creation of a model of parliamentary control over the use of international material and technical assistance.
But in addition to the parliamentary mechanism for controlling incoming weapons, there are others. According to Serhii Omelchenko, adviser to the secretary of the National Security Council, former first deputy director general of Ukroboronprom, Ukraine, together with the United States and Great Britain, uses logistics software that logs each sample of incoming weapon.
“All the routes by which the weapons arrive, the place where they are delivered, where they are stored and where they are used are controlled”, he indicated
Serhii Omelchenko added that the EU has also created arms control mechanisms, and that Ukraine and its partners reflect all types of weapons and ammunition sent.
As the adviser to the Secretary of the National Security Council informed, the Russians’ statements regarding Ukraine’s sale of Western weapons are a clearly targeted information operation.
“They constantly spread this misinformation, but there is no proof and this misinformation is always denied”he pointed out.
Previously, VoxCheck had already analyzed in detail the disinformation campaign on the subject of arms sales, which began in the first third of April with the use of foreign publications. Then it repeats. Already at the beginning of December, Vassiliy Nebenzia, Deputy Representative of the Russian Federation spoke about it during the meeting of the UN Security Council. Propagandists claim that these armies are being taken over by countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, as well as fighters from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and ISIS.
As reported by Ukrinform, the European Commission refuted Russian fakes regarding Ukraine’s “sale” of Western weapons and pointed to the existence of strong safeguards and mechanisms to ensure that exported military equipment and weapons do not are not used in violation of humanitarian and international law.
Russia continues to spread disinformation about Ukraine’s sale of Western weapons to third countries