Interpol warns weapons delivery to Ukraine may lead to flood of illicit arms

Jun 2, 2022: According to a report by AFP, Interpol expressed serious concern on Wednesday about the delivery of small and heavy weapons to Ukraine that can end up in the hands of criminals in Europe.

Interpol head Jurgen Stock urged countries supplying military equipment to Kyiv to focus on tracing mechanisms.

“The wide availability of weapons during the current conflict will lead to the proliferation of illicit weapons in the post-conflict phase,”

Stock feared the pilferage of arms and armaments by criminals in the EU’s black market as prices of guns are higher there. Several European countries, including France and Germany, along with the US, have delivered high-end defense equipment, artillery munitions and guns to help Ukraine defend its territory and fight Russian forces.

“The high availability of weapons during the current conflict will result in the proliferation in illicit arms in the post-conflict phase,” Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said.

It will empower organized crime groups that have become increasingly global operations, capable of exploiting the chaos created from Russia’s bombardments over the past three months.

Stock said the heavy military weapons will be available on the criminal market.

Ukraine’s Western allies have shipped tons of military hardware to the country as it tries to fend off Russian forces that have already seized swathes of territory in the east and south.

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