The Russian-backed attack on eastern Ukraine has taken vast numbers of weapons out of the hands of irregular military units and put them into the criminal international arms business, which is selling the weapons far beyond the conflict zone.
“Interviews by Reuters with security officials and rebels, as well as study of law enforcement data and court documents have shown that weapons are being channeled out of the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine in significant numbers, in some cases as part of an organized underground trade,” Reuters reported.
“Of course, they have moved arms across, and they’re moving them across now,” Igor, a fighter with a pro-Russian rebel unit in eastern Ukraine told Reuters. “Mainly they take Kalashnikovs,” he said.
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