What does $40 Billion USD for weapons look like in Ukraine? Product for sale on the black market?

Pouring explosive military ordnance into a war zone is a moral violation of human rights, especially in Ukraine where every explosive not sold on the black market explodes in a Ukraine city or village destroying the country and killing  its women and children.

It is not all Russia, all sides are guilty of war crimes in Ukraine.

“We are speaking out for the millions of women and kids who have lost family members and loved ones, the West just keeps killing from afar without a care,” explains Alona Adamovich, an ethnic Russian-Jew born in Ukraine and since 2013, working for The RINJ Foundation in the Donbass region.

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American shipments of weapons to the second most corrupt nation in Europe, Ukraine, gives Russia more targets and Ukraine more destruction. Also more black market weapons are now appearing all around the world, especially in Syria and Afghanistan. Is it still safe to travel by air?

According to the 2021 Global Organized Crime Index, Ukraine has one of the largest illegally trafficked arms markets in Europe, especially when it comes to small arms and ammunition.

Even before this current stage of the Ukraine civil war, “About 300,000 small arms and light weapons were reported lost or stolen between 2013 and 2015. Of these, only slightly more than 13% were recovered, while the vast amount remains in circulation in the black market. This says nothing of major weapons, such as radar systems, [Stinger missiles] and Javelin missiles also sent to the country,” writes Jordan Cohen Policy Analyst of the Cato Institute.

‘USA Failing at end-​use monitoring of the weapons sent to Ukraine,’ says watchdog organization.

“There is substantial evidence that those responsible for weapons transfers in the US are failing at end use monitoring of the weapons sent to Ukraine. In an evaluation of end‐​use monitoring, the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense suggested that the department “establish a frequency for Compliance Assessment Visits for countries identified as high risk,” which would include Ukraine. A response from Acting Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Cara L. Abercrombie notes that doing so is “unworkable because the ability to conduct a visit within a set timeframe may be impacted by unsafe security conditions, scheduling conflicts, unavailability of support personnel, or other factors beyond the DSCA’s control,” continues Jordan Cohen.

Video: Hundreds of Russian military helicopters travel to caches of American weapons and destroy them and their users as missiles launched from the sea and from land in Russia wipe out warehouses filled with tons of American weapons in Ukraine before they end up in terrorist hands in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan.

There is a continuing debate over the effects of Stinger MANPADS attacks against civilian aircraft. A brief by the Bonn International Center identifies about fifty attacks.

“Some attacks have been unsuccessful, others succeeded in bringing down an aircraft. Though some technical patterns emerge as to weapons used and aircraft survivability, the issue is complicated. Overall, propeller-driven aircraft are very vulnerable to MANPADS attacks, as are aircraft in the take-off phase. Immediate costs of an aircraft shoot-down are measured in the millions to hundreds of millions of euro. The longer-term effects are less clear cut, with some analysts claiming that a successful shoot-down would cost billions of euros in business disruption, insurance claims, and passenger confidence. Other evidence does not point to such dramatic effects. However, it seems likely that a shoot down in Europe or the United States will have dramatic effects, whereas one in a less developed country will have far less impact,” notes the report.

“Thousands of American Stinger MANPAD Missile systems slipping into the Ukrainian Black Market would be a threat to Global Civil Aviation,” says Dale Carter, security director for The RINJ Foundation. Photo Credit: Melissa Hemingway / FPMag in Ukraine

According to the US General Accounting Office 20 years ago:

"The proliferation of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) has 
been of growing concern to the United States and other governments. The 
United States is pursuing a wide variety of activities internationally 
and domestically to address this threat. GAO was asked to assess 
efforts by (1) the State Department to control global proliferation of 
MANPADS, (2) the Department of Defense (DOD) to monitor end-use of U.S.
-exported Stingers, and (3) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
to develop technical countermeasures to minimize the threat of a 
MANPADS attack."

“About 25,000 air defence missiles had been given to Ukraine by the US and its allies by 7 April. Of these, the most well-known is the man-portable, shoulder-fired Stinger system,” reported the BBC in April.

Ukrainians have these American M777s aimed at their apartment buildings. Photo provided by Melissa Hemingway / FPMag in Ukraine. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

US President Joe Biden on 22 February 2022, met with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine “to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to update him on the U.S. response to Russia’s actions,” according to a White House statement.  On 20 May 2022 an angry Foreign Minister Kuleba slammed EU countries for their alleged second-class treatment of Ukraine, following German Chancellor Olaf Scholz saying that the EU membership bid by Ukraine can’ not be escalated beyond the norms already established.  Kuleba said that “strategic ambiguity” of some EU capitals towards Kiev has “hurt the feelings of Ukrainians,” but there have been no public outcries of hurt feelings or even any interest in EU membership among netizens on social media. Official White House Photograph. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Weapons are pouring into Ukraine and out from Ukraine in a wide open black market. Terrorists are having a weapons bonanza. “Ukrainian criminals are competing with each other lowering the price of Stingers and Javelin missiles which will arm the next attacks in Paris,” fears Katie Alsop of The RINJ Foundation which has suffered losses in past attacks.

American M777s en route to Ukraine 04.23.2022  Ukrainians have these American M777s aimed at their apartment buildings now.
I Marine Expeditionary Force U.S. Marine Corps M777 towed 155 mm howitzers are staged on the flight line prior to being loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at March Air Reserve Base, California, April 23, 2022. The howitzers are part of the United States’ efforts alongside allies and partners to identify and provide Ukraine with additional capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Austin Fraley)