5 June 2022. RG.RU

Written by Ivan Petrov

Translated by Elizaveta Ovchinnikova


Yury Zhdanov, President of the International Police Association Russian Section, Lieutenant General, Doctor of Law:

– The growth of armed attacks in Ukraine, as expected, is an inevitable and natural consequence of the armed aid of Western ‘friends’ and the free distribution of weapons to the civilians. Currently, Ukraine is a country into which weapons are poured by ‘Western partners’ in an uninterrupted flow. According to the head of Ukraine National Police Igor Klimenko’s data, announced the day before in an interview with Ukrainian News, the number of crimes committed with the use of firearms has recently increased by 37% in Ukraine. Moreover, it should be expected that these figures are not the limits. It may be predicted that by the end of this year, the exponential growth of armed attacks in Ukraine will exceed the 100% mark. And from the endless infusion of weapons and uncontrolled illicit firearms trafficking, as from a stone thrown into the water, ‘ripples’ of arms smuggling and armed violence will capture primarily the territories of European countries.

There are several reasons for this growth. But I would like to emphasise two primary reasons, voiced above. The first is the endless ‘pumping’ of Ukraine with weapons, which will eventually backfire on the same ‘swore brothers’ European suppliers and even on the United States. And the second is the unprecedented criminal, adventurous and provocative decision of the Kiev regime on the free distribution of weapons to the civilian population.

According to the classical Chekhov’s postulate:

If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.

Only in the first days of March 2022, the Ukrainian authorities freely distributed more than 20,000 weapons to the cilivians. It was sought primarily by representatives of paramilitary groups, the people’s ‘militia’, criminal circles, unstable individuals, as well as radical Ukrainian citizens.

Experts have long established a direct pattern: the higher the level of ‘saturation’ of society with weapons, the more often crimes are committed using them. Uncontrolled arming of the civilians (in a number of settlements in Ukraine, data on persons to whom weapons were given were not even recorded) contributes to their illicit trafficking growth.

In addition, it is known that after the weapons were handed out for free to the Ukrainian population, some types of weapons were sold on the Darknet after a short time. Many of those who received firearms did not plan to participate in hostilities or use them ‘for protection’ but considered them only as an instrument of enrichment. Both by direct sale and by using for looting.

The factor of the spread of Nazi ideology cannot be underestimated. It has flourished over the past decade in Ukraine and given rise to large groups of people, primarily of nationalists and neo-Nazis (Bandera's followers). Thanks to the impunity and support from official Kiev, they felt their exclusivity and permissiveness and therefore the right to use weapons as a weighty argument against the so-called ‘separatists’, ‘collaborators’, supporters of ‘Moskals’ and simply the ‘high-income’ class.

In this regard, we may safely say that the number of armed attacks is at least two times bigger than the data voiced by the head of Ukraine National Police.

Therefore, the concern expressed at the beginning of June this year by Secretary General of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Jürgen Stock, about the ongoing supply of small and heavy arms from the United States and its European allies to Ukraine is understandable. ‘Many of the weapons being sent to Ukraine will eventually wind up in criminal hands in Europe and beyond … The high availability of weapons during the current conflict will result in the proliferation in illicit arms in the post-conflict phase’, he told the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris.