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Holtom, Paul. 2011 ‘Ukrainian Surplus Small Arms and Ammunition.’ Ukrainian Arms Supplies to Sub-Saharan Africa, p. 7. Stockholm: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 1 February

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Ukrainian Surplus Small Arms and Ammunition

In 2002 the Ukrainian Government requested international assistance to dispose of 1.5 million units of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and 133,000 tonnes of conventional ammunition over 12 years. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with the United States as the lead country, agreed to support four phases of SALW and ammunition destruction in Ukraine.

An agreement was reached in November 2005 that the first phase would destroy 400,000 SALW units and 15,000 tonnes of conventional ammunition … during January 2006–December 2008. Due to a number of political and technical problems, the first phase is running behind schedule with less than half of the SALW units and just over half of the ammunition destroyed by April 2010 …

As Ukraine has reported exporting several hundred thousand surplus SALW units in recent years, the delays in the implementation of the first phase probably relate to the fact that Ukraine could generate revenues by exporting surplus SALW and ammunition.

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