By Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog
Hardly a day passes by without Europeans and Americans hearing about new statements coming from Ukrainian politicians. “We will win, we will stop Putin!” they say and start asking for more arms supplies. Ukraine has already received thousands of man-portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, hundreds of armored vehicles and howitzers, but it keeps asking for more. The Ukrainian military loses something on the battlefield, something falls into the hands of the Russians, who recently put seized Ukrainian weapons for display in the recently captured Lisichansk, but many tons military ammunition and hundreds of weapons do not reach the frontlines, ending up in the hands of numerous resellers, who sell them on the “black Internet.” These days, in Kyiv you can get everything at a reasonable price, from a pistol all the way to a self-propelled howitzer.
The protracted conflict in Donbass has long been one of the main sources of weapons for numerous European extremists and Islamic terrorists, but now the sale of arms has become completely uncontrolled. On the very first day of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian authorities were already offering machineguns and rifles to just about everyone. Some of these weapons immediately ended up on the black market. Soon, there were also offers for the sale of body armor, night vision devices, grenade launchers and MANPADS. Amid total corruption, which, despite all its efforts to bring Ukraine into the EU, Europe has not been able to defeat, Ukrainian military supply officers are selling everything. The Russians recently announced that several new French and German self-propelled howitzers, delivered in perfect condition to Russian design bureaus for study, were not seized in battle, but bought at a big discount at the frontlines. This is not new, however, as some of the volunteer units of the Donbass separatists have long been active buying loads of weapons and equipment from across the frontline. Besides, the Europeans really don’t care much about who will be firing the Javelins, Zelensky’s soldiers or Donetsk separatists, as long as this weapon stays on the battlefield. European- and US-supplied weapons are up for grabs by anyone. “Stingers” can be had for a price ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars, paid in cryptocurrency. With some patience, you can find reliable suppliers.
MANPADS are an ideal weapon for a terrorist attack – not a single civilian aircraft taking off or landing can be safe. Each rocket launcher delivered to Ukraine comes with instructions in Ukrainian and English, in case it falls into the hands of an inexperienced soldier… Bringing such weapons from Ukraine to elsewhere is a breeze, since with a good kickback the corrupt Ukrainian border officials will not only fail to inspect a particular car, but will also secure their Polish or Slovak colleagues’ agreement to let it through unhindered. So, perhaps at this very moment, somewhere outside the airports of Paris or Berlin, some ISIS radicals or militants of half-forgotten anarchist groups, or both, are taking up a position. How many MANPADS sold in Ukraine will be enough to bring all air traffic across Europe to a standstill? Two, three or maybe five?
And how many weapons will the Islamists in Syria and Iraq get from Ukraine? Including the very types capable of taking out NATO aircraft and armored vehicles of the renascent Iraqi army, which the US has been trying hard to prevent from falling into their hands? These are very uncomfortable questions for Europe and the US. In Western media Ukrainians are portrayed as warriors of light, and few people in the US, Canada and Europe are really aware of the scope of corruption and theft they have in Ukraine.
Apparently, it would make a lot of sense introducing the strictest possible electronic control over each potentially dangerous weapon, and sending EU representatives to Ukraine to oversee its use. But how many people will volunteer for this job? It would be more realistic to tighten controls along the entire length of Ukraine’s border with European countries, all the way to sending European representatives to Ukrainian customs. Even better, to cancel Lend-Lease and other arms deliveries to Ukraine and leave the country, which is selling weapons it desperately needs to maintain its independent status, to its own devices.
Arms transfer system
The Ukrainian army started total mobilization with the beginning of the Russian special operation. However, Russian-speaking residents of the East do not want to die for the Kiev elites. Many of them do not care who will control the regions in which they live. In Russia, salaries are significantly higher than in Ukraine and there is no language harassment.
The Russians have created a very profitable loophole for those who do not want to fight for anyone. It is even strange that they have not yet hung banners in the Ukrainian segment of the Internet – ‘’get Russian citizenship and an apartment in the Moscow region in exchange for a Western self-propelled guns’’. How it works?
On the radio wave of the Ukrainian units, Russian negotiators persuade the artillerymen and tankers to advance to the indicated points and surrender with their equipment. In exchange – Russian documents, freedom and some money. The brought “Caesar”, “HIMARS” or PzH 2000 is considered sufficient proof of loyalty that the military who surrendered with it would avoid filtration and prisoner camps. With new documents, they start a new life somewhere in a cozy Ural city far from the front line, and even send money in bitcoins to their families so that they can go to them.
Prices vary and are discussed, for 2 “Caesars” the Russians gave 120,000, although their Ukrainian “partners” desperately bargained and asked for 2 million. However, freedom and Russian passports are also a significant part of the fee … But one PzH 2000 self-propelled gun, according to various sources, cost the Russians more than $ 100,000. With this money (although the dollar has fallen significantly in price), you can buy a one-room apartment in the Moscow region. True, there is a significant problem, Russia cannot demonstrate the most interesting samples immediately after their purchase. This poses a threat to the families of the military, who transferred such weapons.
Ukraine’s Western allies are well aware of such facts. In Kyiv, they are trying to fight defectors by creating detachments and even forming some institutions of political commissars. However, a few days under Russian shelling greatly change the worldview of both local nationalists and regular officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The result is a paradoxical situation. Part of the American Lend-Lease is being bought up cheaply by the Russians. Will Kyiv and its allies be able to find other ways to protect Western weapons from resale at the front? So far, seems unlikely.
However, in addition to the Russians, Ukrainians also sell weapons to interest groups from the Middle East.
Weapons smuggling route
This is precisely why Ukrainian nationalists are firmly holding Odessa, forming their camps near it. These are fighters of Nazi battalions who work closely with foreign mercenaries who know quick ways to sell weapons.
Second: the route passes through the territories that react most quietly to such news. This is only natural if they get an impressive percentage for transit.
Third: Albania is the most suitable starting point both in logistics and in terms of the presence of serious criminal structures. Also, according to operational data, the smugglers have the logistical support of the Albanian intelligence service.
This we call Blowback.
Those weapons, smaller ones like shoulder launched missiles, will expand the opportunities of the increasingly disaffected Europeans who have seen every democratic principle sold out to this US-NATO-UK Ukrainian Proxy War on Russia that Russia will win.
Some Ukrainians are smart enough to know that there is no gains to be made fighting now the most battle experienced army in the world, the Russian Armed Forces. So, why not sell these Western supplied weapons back to The West – Western terrorists and insurrectionists? Makes sense to them.
Mentioned here . . . https://les7eb.substack.com/p/ukraine-notes-the-long-proxy-war
How do you say that the Russian army is “the most battle-experienced” in the world? That might have been true 30 years ago, but until the SMO, what wars has Russia been fighting in lately? Perhaps I’m ignorant; have I missed something? (I’m not counting “advisors” in various places.) The U.S., in contrast, has been fighting wars non-stop for the last 20+ years.
You make an excellent point. However I would point you to Andrei’s web site to understand that wars are won not only on the battlefield but in the educational institutions also.
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Russia have been helping Syria ridding themselves of US proxies, since 2015. What have the US done meanwhile? Building the Ukraine army?
«the Russian army is “the most battle-experienced” in the world?»
Sometimes the “pro-russians” exaggerate things a bit, sometimes a lot, they tend to underestimate greatly those trying to shaft the RF and the PRC.
«but until the SMO, what wars has Russia been fighting in lately?»
A few “special military operations”: Chechnya 1999-2001 (did not go well), south Ossetia and Abkhazia 2008 (initially a mess), and more recently Syria (but not much infantry) and Lybia (but not much infantry).
«The U.S., in contrast, has been fighting wars non-stop for the last 20+ years.»
Mostly they have been fighting insurgencies, as to proper wars probably only Iraq 1 and Iraq 2 count, and then their enemy folded quickly. In Afghanistan there was almost no war, the taleban regular forces evaporated even more quickly than the Iraqi army.
For “proper”, “modern” wars the most experienced troops in the world are those of Ukraine and of the DPR/LDR, and at 4-5 months probably the RF ones too by now.
Well, Russians have the minor experience of Chechenia and Georgia on one side.
And then MAJOR experience in Syria. We all remember now ISIS was advanced without opposition until
They also have this Wagner group involve in support several governments in Africa against terrorism opposition.
But I agree that the statement of the “Most Battle experienced” is a little exaggeration.
Anyway after this war they definitively earn this tittle
This is incorrect. The U.S has been losing wars non-stop for the past 20 years. To third world countries, no less. Embarrassing.
When has the US fought an army? Insurgency sure, but take in Russia has fought two wars in Chechnya – insurgents, georgia – at the time touted as a “NATO army” and it dismantled them in a week. SYRIA – fighting an insurgency AND conventional army. So Russia has fought in three major conflicts that tested its mobile land forces, land forces, artillery forces, AIR FORCES, and naval forces. Now even just the first two – three months of the ukraine campaign, it means russia is more battle hardened and experienced than any NATO country since Ukraine was a near pear adversary, and even touted as the largest, best trained, and most well equipped NATO ARMY to date. Numbering 250k professional troops with hundreds of thousands less trained in reserves. How is Russia not one of the most battle tested militaries on this planet to date?
la corruzione e la criminalità Ucraina ha pochi eguali,
Ma pure nella cultura russa e soprattutto nelle forze armate russe in quanto a corruzione non scherzano,
Nulla si muove senza la classica bustarella
Ukrainian corruption and crime has few equals,
But even in Russian culture and especially in the Russian Armed Forces as to corruption they do not joke,
Nothing moves without the classic bribe
“Nothing moves without the classic bribe”.
Agreed, but that statement is correct only up to a point.
In my experience (which includes seeing first hand some nasty and evil Mafia operations) any movement of anything of value requires serious “muscle” behind it as security / coercion.
The real threat of serious violence against a given person (or their family, or thier dog, or whatever they hold close) must always be behind “the Classic Bribe” when big deals / international borders are involved.
This is regarded as simple “security” and actual use of violence as part of conducting “business”.
I have seen many extreme examples which make come middle-eastern “terrorist” groups look like complete amateurs and holywood horror movies seem like an episode of the simpsons.
Many of the most succesful “Mafia” bosses dont bother to hide and have positions in State Security – Intel, Military, Police, Politics, whatever and use the State Apparatus as their own (the evidence is in plain site in all Western and Eastern nations as most are untouchable – even with evidence as strong as 10% for the big guy out in the open yet most fail to join the dots).
Even smaller players such as drugs or arms smugglers (so called “smugglers” are really just groups who wont or cant afford to pay “Tax” / “Duty” / “Commision” / “Share of Proffits” to bigger players such as State Mafia) have an enforcement arm of thugs – or have access to “Contractors” who can do the enforcement / thuggery for them.
This type of thing is way above simply giving the humble Border Guard or Soldier a wad of cash of a packet of hash, it involves State level players (as mentioned in the article about Albanian Intel, Ukrainian Intel and Russian Intel.
Most people who are not aware of how the top-level “Mafia” really works often miss that the biggest players are seen holding public positions in most Governments (often for much longer and into much older age than could be considered reasonable if they were not “occupying” that post in support of a bigger / wider operation – the US Pelosi, Clinton, Bush, and Biden crime families are clear examples of this to all).
Underlying each operation is not just money – it is violence. Violence against an individual or another country is simply a matter of the size respective “families” and thier ability to project and deliver violence.
As other commentators have said, the infamous Mafia protection / shakedown opening statement of “Nice business you have here, be a shame if something happened to it”, is simply expanded to “Nice country you have here, be a shame if something happened to it”, once the Mafia get control of the State apperatus.
Speaking of crime families, the Clinton’s extensive casualty list is a perfect example of all that you said.
and trump w/ Resorts Int’l.
You can find the “casualty” list here:
THANK YOU, Earthquake.
I appreciate the confirmation of what I have long suspected is the reality.
«the US Pelosi, Clinton, Bush, and Biden crime families»
They are not quite criminal/mafia, the just do oligarchic politics ruthlessly in “legal” businesses (which often they have made legal). In the USA the actual organized crime syndicates however are almost at that level, there are lobbysts in Washington and state capitals working to represent their interests.
«As other commentators have said, the infamous Mafia protection / shakedown opening statement of “Nice business you have here, be a shame if something happened to it”, is simply expanded to “Nice country you have here, be a shame if something happened to it”»
That is just “realpolitik”, mafia culture is something pettier. Two relevant quotes however as to “realpolitik”:
Jonah Goldberg, “Baghdad Delenda Est, Part II: Get On With It,” National Review, April 23, 2002.
“Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.”
“we shall not trouble you with specious pretences — either of how we have a right to our empire because we overthrew the Mede, or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us — and make a long speech which would not be believed; and in return we hope that you, instead of thinking to influence us by saying that you did not join the Lacedaemonians, although their colonists, or that you have done us no wrong, will aim at what is feasible, holding in view the real sentiments of us both; since you know as well as we do that right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”
BTW while I am somewhat pro-american (at least for most european countries) this is not because I think that the USA are a shining beacon of goodwill and democracy, I fully understand it is a nasty oligarchic empire, but that’s how empires are; the question is how nasty the USA empire is, and it less nasty than most (at least towards most european countries).
For many developed countries vassalage to the USA oligarchic empire is both somewhat inescapable and not such a bad deal. For those countries full independence (which depends on material power, not on proud declamations) is both unrealistic and not as good as a bit of vassalage. The real matter is the degree of vassalage, and some countries do better than others.
Clearly another not so well thought out strategy to bring the Russia world to it’s knees.
Sometimes I lament that God does not seem to be in this fight, but here it is again!
Western brains actively working to end their own regimes. Binden’s actions directly benefit Russia.
With enemies like this, who needs friends?
This same reselling phenomena happened also in Vietnam 1965-75. From head to toes Saigon regime was corrupted. The dollar economy inside Saigon actually was main of the reason why its regime was deeply rotten.
US quartermasters were notoriously corrupt during VietnM era – sold anything and everything to the Viet Cong and NVA.
In Iraq, US military was noted for the looting of the museums for resale
This is off topic. Please take parts 2 and 3 to the MFC. Mod.
Mali. The German and French military were more or less coerced by the Goita government to end their “training missions.” But there is still MINUSMA there. The Malinese government is in the process of bringing under its control, with the help of Russian military specialists (“Wagner” they call them, but this is not an official category), areas previously held by terrorists, gangs and separatists.
The “Battle for Africa.” The “Western” powers do not like being pushed out. They like the Russian presence even less.
The war in Mali – called the “Sahel genocide” there – began with Obama and H. Clinton needing Al-Qaeda in Maghreb and similar gangs for the „regime change” in Libya. See:
“Bill and Hillary Clinton and racism – African sex slaves”
After Gadafi’s assassination, gangs of all kinds were free to help themselves to Libyan arsenals there. More weapons arrived there, officially supplied to the “Syrian opposition” for the “fight against ISIL.” “The pyromaniac fireman” is what this is called in Mali. There are serious concerns that some of the weapons disappearing in Ukraine may end up with the local gangs in Africa, especially Mali.
The Malinese have very good journalists and analysts, whom I will let speak further on – they know their way around there better than I do. Deepl Translations
„… the French soldiers could be lynched by the crowd.“
What will happen in case of a clash between French and Russian soldiers in Mali?
First of all, it would be necessary:
1/ to be able to distinguish Wagner’s mercenaries from the official Russian advisors in Mali.
This will be all the more difficult since mercenaries and advisors, unlike the French army, do not travel in specific vehicles but with soldiers of the Malian army. A clash would therefore result in the possible death of Malian soldiers. And if it takes place in town, for example, the French soldiers could be lynched by the crowd.
Not to mention that in many countries now, such as in Central Africa, the protection of personalities is ensured either by mercenaries or by military advisors, therefore Russian Spetsnaz soldiers from the GRU or official groups such as the famous SVR Zaslon unit…
2/ The Wagner mercenaries are for the fine flower and the spearhead groups which proceed to the preliminary cleanings, former Spetsnaz (special forces) which … have already been engaged in multiple wars and on difficult grounds ..: Chechnya, Dagestan, Donbass, Syria, Libya, etc… And they are not bound to any rules of engagement other than to destroy the enemy. Their equipment is far from rudimentary:
There is therefore a strong chance that several French soldiers, who are not so much experienced in combat as in security patrols, will lose their lives
So, the French army has no more options, since the various African governments have already signed military agreements with Russia and contracts with various Russian cooperation groups
July 4, 2022
Que se passera t il en cas d’accrochage entre soldats français et Russes au Mali ?
As stated above the next part will be sent to trash. Take to MFC. Mod.
Mali II – Mali Actu
Mali: U.S.-Russia antagonism escalates as France’s departure approaches (analysis)
The U.N. mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is entering a difficult phase after the U.N. Security Council renewed its mandate for a full year without increasing its strength or providing air support, while Bamako opposes its freedom of movement to investigate human rights issues. …
The Malian representative was categorical in rejecting this point by the government of his country, stating: “MINUSMA can only proceed with its movements with the approval of the competent Malian authorities. Likewise, Mali cannot guarantee it freedom of maneuver in its investigations without the prior agreement of the government.“
In defiance of the Security Council, he made it clear that Mali “does not intend to implement these provisions,” which angered the United States before France.
One of the reasons for Bamako’s refusal to renew MINUSMA’s mandate is its desire to regain control of the northern regions claimed by Tuareg militias, which have experienced several armed uprisings and rebellions, the last of which occurred in 2012.
UN forces are preventing Malian forces from entering these areas, after accusing the Malian army in 2013 of committing massacres and violations against the local population when the army intervened to expel terrorist organizations from the area. …
The reference is clear to mercenaries from the Russian Wagner group, who were hired by the military council to fight armed gangs, after France’s decision to end the Barkhane military operation in the Sahel this summer.
But France’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Nicolas de Rivière, was more explicit in identifying the parties involved in MINUSMA’s investigations of human rights violations, and said they are represented by “terrorist groups, Malian armed forces, as well as members of the Wagner group,” passing over in silence the dozens of Malian civilians killed by French forces. …
It was after Washington’s French and European allies decided to end their military presence in the country that the U.S. position on Mali weakened the most, allowing Russia to increase its influence in the region by supporting the Malian military council with heavy weapons and helicopter gunships, while sending military trainers and hundreds of mercenaries from the Wagner group.
Operation Takuba, which includes European special forces, completed its missions in Mali in early July, and the last French soldier is expected to leave the country this summer. …
For Washington, only the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) remains to monitor Russian movements in Mali, especially after Bamako’s withdrawal from the G5 Sahel, which also includes Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania.
Washington is unlikely to consider sending forces to Mali to prevent Russian expansion in the Sahel region, but it is looking to monitor human rights abuses by the Wagner group, embarrass it in front of the world, and push governments and peoples in the region to rise up against it and reject its practices.
The head of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. Stephen Townsend, warned that “the United States and its allies will have to deal with the rise of violent extremist groups and the arrival of Russian mercenaries in the Sahel region, with increasing instability.”
At the recent NATO summit in Madrid, Spain hinted that the alliance might send troops to Mali …
Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop … considered Albares’ statements “dangerous” and “an encouragement to aggression against the sovereignty of an independent country.” …
The withdrawal of French and European forces from northern Mali, the inability to reinforce international forces in terms of equipment and numbers, and the Malian army’s refusal to extend its mandate until June 30, 2023, further complicate MINUSMA’s tasks.
The UN forces number 13,289 soldiers and 1,920 police officers and are stationed in the north of the country, where armed terrorist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and Daesh are based.
MINUSMA has suffered the highest casualties of any U.N. peacekeeping force, with 275 personnel killed since its inception on April 25, 2013.
UN forces in Mali lack the authority to conduct combat operations except in a limited capacity, making them an easy target for terrorist groups, and the next phase could see an escalation of instability in the region, especially in light of U.S. concern about Russia’s growing influence in the Sahel.
July 8, 2022
Mali : Escalade de l’antagonisme États-Unis-Russie à l’approche du départ de la France (analyse)
Once these weapons reach to Albania, good bye Dayton Accords.
“Once these weapons reach to Albania, good bye Dayton Accords”.
And Putin will logically help his Slavic brothers fight the UCK scum. Damn another (lost) war in Uncle Sam’s backayrd!
Given the psychopaths at the head of the WEF / Davos I wouldn’t put it past them to actually have one of their useful idiots organize the downing of a commercial airliner via a MADPAD in the EU.
Commerical flights, pardon the pun, would take a nosedive to next to nothing. This would help achieve two of their stated goals: (1) The peons won’t be flying anymore, (2) Advances their ‘green’ agenda BS.
Agreed. Although they will be trying to tighten the Covid screws again this autumn, it is becoming clear that too many people are beginning to call bullshit and have had enough. Fast rising gas and electricity prices and the prospect of energy-related “lockdowns” in Europe are adding fuel to this fire.
“Putin raids prisons for soldiers after massive losses in Ukraine.”
Don’t you just love the MSM?
Yes, the Americanos think Putin is Lee Marvin in the Dirty Dozen, just because he’s tough and can sing Blueberry Hill.
‘I was born under a wandering star
Do I know where hell is
Hell is in Ukraine . . . . .’
Where’s Russian Ambassador Steven Segal, shouldn’t he be running for POTUS 2024?
Famous “catch 22” film…corruptions scene> https://youtu.be/E9wcK6qvCqI
Nazis are necessarily corrupt.
My dream is that the Russians will secure or buy a HIMAR system or two and rub the NEOCONs face in it as they back engineer it.
Your comment has many layers:
– What if the Russians understand that HIMARS is inferior to their own existing or developing systems?
– Certainly it would be useful for the Russians to get a HIMARS intact, to know how to neutralise it in the field. using their Area Denial systems.
– The article does point to the irony that existing MANPADS could already circulate within the US “and rub the neocons face in it…”
– But best of all…the accumulating arms stocks from the Western camp will greatly help to replenish and replace those ultra-vast Warsaw Pact stocks held in Echelon warehouses which had fallen into NATO hands post 1990 and have been used against Russia…
– AND as we have been reading on this website…the stocks available to NATO for NATO to launch any further mischief somewhere, are thereby greatly diminished…
– and with the cutting-off of critical supply chains, the US MICIMATT will anyway not be able to develop and manufacture anything of any further significance in future…
…and the Albanian Intelligence Service is supported by….the CIA …of course…
«In Russia, salaries are significantly higher than in Ukraine and there is no language harassment.»
And in addition there is now better welfare, much better infrastructure, and there is no war.
However except for language, which is a big deal, the countries of the EU have stronger attraction for some because of even better wages and infrastructure in some of them, but the current automatic visa only lasts a year, while the Russian Federation offers full citizenship.
Normally it would be ludicrous. But considering even IMF could not corrupt the place further because the post- Orange Revolution kleptocracy was simply stealing all the money they sent?
And whatever popularity it had increasingly being substituted with SBU?
Why not, indeed.
Perhaps, but why would ISIS need that? They were an obvious USA puppet from the earliest days, and have lots of connections by now.
It’s probably cheaper for the Russians to buy the Western weapons than the cost of Russian ordinance used to blow them up.
Let me answer his question,”it’s pastime for that”:
In the liberated village of Veliky Burluk, Kharkiv region, the car of the head of the administration of the village, Yevgeny Yunakov, was blown up, he died.
Earlier, the authorities of the Kherson region today reported on the prevention of an assassination attempt on the head of the region, Volodymyr Saldo.
In addition, today in Melitopol, Zaporozhye region, an attempt was made on the head of the administration of the Melitopol district, Andriy Siguta – the official was not injured, the Ukrainian terrorist was killed on the spot.
Isn’t it time to solve the issue of Ukrainian terrorism radically? https://t.me/denazi_UA/15031