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Advanced US/NATO Weapons for Ukraine Flooding the Black Market

Ukraine has been getting advanced Western weapons for nearly 2 decades now. The first such occurrence happened after the then president Viktor Yushchenko decided to join the illegal US invasion of Iraq in 2003, a country which, even if it wanted to, could threaten neither Ukraine nor the US or any of its allies (including neighboring Turkey) in any conceivable way.

Ukrainian forces at the time were provided with certain advanced US and other Western weapons. Even then, those weapons would often end up on the black market. This was happening even during the deployment of Ukrainian forces in various Iraqi warzones, which American and other NATO forces regularly complained about, often to no avail.

Even some US lawmakers expressed skepticism about the claims US weapons were ending up where they were officially supposed to. Some officials even admitted they had no way of tracking the weapons the US and NATO were sending. These allegations soon proved to be genuine after disturbing reports of weapons manufactured in the United States and other NATO members started appearing on the Darknet, the regular Internet's "underground", where illicit activities are the norm.

Various sources reported on weapons being sold to "clients" around the world. The "clients" are anonymous, as well as the providers of such weapons. However, do we need to explain who the providers are if the weapons being sold are "Javelins", "Stingers", NLAW or any other type of ATGMs (antitank guided missiles) and MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems) the US and NATO sent to Ukraine in recent months? We'll let you decide who the providers might be. As for the ease of access, it's simply mind blowing how relatively easy it is to access these Illicit traders. We most certainly won't be providing any links, but it's not difficult to test it yourself. All you need is an "adequate" browser.

Now, the real question is, what could be the consequences of such weapons being acquired by anyone, really? Those people could be criminals, terrorists or psychopaths and the damage they could do is almost impossible to assess and overstate. Imagine a group of bank robbers getting their hands on an NLAW or a "Javelin"?

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 21st, 2022 at 09:52:43 PM EST

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