Many thanks to HellequinGB for translating this article from eXXpress:
Via Darknet: Ukrainians are flooding Europe with newly delivered weapons
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the USA and other NATO countries have been sending state-of-the-art heavy weapons to Kyiv. However, many of the weapon systems do not end up at the front – but on the Internet. The dark web becomes an online wholesaler for war equipment. And the customers are also located in Europe.
Anti-tank missiles, automatic weapons, ammunition, drones or even mines — the Darknet traders’ warehouses are full. Thousands of weapon systems that Western allies are sending to Ukraine can be found online for sale.
Will Europe soon be threatened with rocket launcher terror?
The FGM-148 Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The US developed this weapon system to combat heavily armored vehicles such as main battle tanks and lighter military vehicles. It’s amazing what terrorists with weapons like these could do in a European inner city. The eXXpress has already reported on this serious threat.
Police would have massive problems with armed terrorists
But this is exactly the scenario that is looming. It has never been easier to get hold of heavy NATO weapons than it is now — sent directly from Ukraine — to any place in the world. And to anyone who can pay. The assortment from Kyiv includes rifles, grenades (from 5 pieces), pistols, body armor. That’s scary: A single seller listed has already completed 32 successful transactions!
Massive security risk for big cities
As early as the Balkan War, it was experienced that thousands of handguns simply disappeared — and were sold on the black market to criminal organizations or even to terrorists. The Internet makes everything even more dramatic.
This development creates a massive security risk for all major Western European cities: The Islamist assassin in Vienna could have killed many more people on November 2, 2020 if he had not merely fired an old replica of a Russian assault rifle — but if a “Javelin” anti-tank missile had been deployed. The Cobra or Wega units would also have massive problems against terrorists with such high-tech armament.
300,000 guns disappeared in just two years
“While the reaction to supplying more arms to Ukraine is very understandable, it would be wise to also consider the immediate and long-term security implications,” the US-based think tank Stimson Center said in March about this development.
And: “We have seen time and time again how weapons aimed at aiding an ally in a conflict have found their way to the front lines in unforeseen battlefields. They often end up with groups that are at odds with US interests or those of civilians.”
Afterword from the translator:
I have to say it again, “As long as Evil turns a Profit for someone, it will flourish”
In the past Ukraine has had a very bad reputation when it comes to organized crime, and I’m pretty sure those in the driving seats of power knew exactly what will happen to many of these weapons and weapons systems. I’m also pretty sure that they “helped” to create the perfect environment in which those weapons will eventually been used against their own citizens. Fear, as we have seen, is a great incentive for tyrants to stay in power and to curb even more freedoms and rights. After all, when the devil runs free, thousands follow him, imitate him and even try to exceed him.
“Tyrants preserve themselves by sowing fear and mistrust among the citizens by means of spies, by distracting them with foreign wars, by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action.” – Aristotle