Western arms provided to Ukraine provided on darknet – RT investigation — RT World Information

RT’s journalists have been in a position to swiftly agree the acquisition of a US-made Phoenix Ghost kamikaze drone

The lavish deliveries of ‘deadly help’ from the US, UK and different NATO nations to Ukraine amid its battle with Russia have led to marketplaces the place a few of these weapons might be bought popping up on the darkish net, RT Russian has discovered.

The Ukrainian merchants declare to supply not simply small arms or physique armor there, but in addition such refined {hardware} as Javelin and NLAW anti-tank programs or Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade explosive drones.

That mentioned, it’s not doable to fully rule out that the sellers truly didn’t have the mentioned weapons in inventory, because the RT investigators didn’t full the acquisition. Scamming schemes are frequent for darkish net marketplaces.

RT was in a position to contact one of many mentioned sellers by means of a market on the darknet and agree the acquisition, for a value of $4,000, of a Phoenix Ghost loitering munition, which had been developed by the US particularly for the wants of the Ukrainian army.

The journalists, who pretended to have an interest consumers, mentioned they have been additionally considering a batch of American M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mines, however have been advised that these have been out of inventory.

As for the drone, the dealer assured that it’ll be positioned right into a stash, with its coordinates and the photograph of the spot to be shared after the fee is made by means of {the marketplace}, performing a guarantor of the deal. The parcel goes to be dug into the bottom within the woods, he mentioned.

When requested if the Phoenix Ghost may very well be delivered to an space exterior Ukraine, particularly the Polish border city of Przemysl, he replied this gained’t be an issue, however would price an additional $1,000.

This doubtlessly means that the Ukrainian arms smugglers might have already established contacts with border guards and are in a position to cross out and in of Poland with out problems.

RT has additionally exchanged messages with one other dealer, nicknamed ‘weapons ukraine,’ who was seeking to promote batches of US-made physique armor on the value of $ 1,500 for 5 models, and M4 rifles with a silencer and 100 bullets for $2,4000 thousand per set.

That particular person additionally provided a wide array of outdated Russian- and Soviet-made arms, together with AK-47 rifles, handguns, grenades and sniper rifles.

The costs on {the marketplace} turned out to be shockingly low. For instance, the British-made NLAW system is being bought there for simply $15,000, whereas buying the anti-tank weapon legally may price from $30,000 to $40,000, in accordance with the media.

Final month, the top of Interpol Jürgen Inventory warned that the battle in Ukraine will end in quite a few weapons showing on the black market.

“Legal teams attempt to exploit these chaotic conditions and the provision of weapons, even these utilized by the army and together with heavy weapons. These might be obtainable on the prison market and can create a problem,” Inventory acknowledged, including that these arms may very well be “trafficked not solely to neighboring nations, however to different continents.”

US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned in Might that he mentioned the significance of monitoring and safeguarding the US-supplied arms with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and protection minister Aleksey Reznikov, who assured him that they’ll make it possible for the accountability is there.

Moscow has warned towards provides of Western weapons to Ukraine, arguing that it solely prolongs the preventing, whereas rising the chance of a direct army confrontation between Russia and NATO.