Former Soviet States Plan Database of Gun Runners, Illicit Arms Dealers
11 April 2008
BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Interfax, Transcript
A joint CIS database of transnational criminal groups involved in illegal arms trafficking will be created, the press service of the Minsk-based CIS Executive Committee has told Interfax.
"This is stipulated by a draft agreement on cooperation in combating the illegal manufacturing and sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices, which has been discussed by the committee's expert group," the press service said.
Chief of the committee's anti-crime... (GunPolicy.org)
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Ukraine Destroys 17,000 Guns with Assistance from European Union
14 December 2007
BBC Worldwide Monitoring / UNIAN (Kiev), Transcript
Ukraine has destroyed 17,000 pieces of light weaponry with EU assistance. A total of 27,700 guns are planned be destroyed.
This has been reported in the fourth EU report on the implementation of the EU strategy to combat the threats associated with the illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms and light weapons [SALW] and their ammunition, adopted by the European Council.
According to the document obtained by UNIAN, the European Union allocated 1m euros for... (GunPolicy.org)
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Ukraine Defence Ministry to Destroy 26,000 Tons of Ammunition
30 October 2006
The Defense Ministry plans to destroy 26,000 tons of ammunition this year and 14,600 tons have already been destroyed, Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko told the press.
According to him, 740,000 tons out of the 1.4 million tons of ammunition belonging to the Armed Forces are surplus and subject to destruction.
There are a total of 35 arsenals and bases of strategic importance on Ukrainian territory, the minister said.
He said that the ministry plans to reduce the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: ForUm (Kiev)
Ukraine, NATO Strike Deal on Arms Disposal
23 November 2005
BRUSSELS — Ukraine and NATO signed an agreement Wednesday to dispose of the former's unnecessary stockpiles of light weapons, small arms, shoulder-fired air defense systems, and ammunition.
The document was signed by Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Tereshchenko and NATO Under-Secretary General Mario Bartolli.
The Ukrainian government approved the agreement Friday, authorizing Tereshchenko to sign the agreement under the condition that the equipment... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: RIA Novosti
NATO to Help Ukraine Destroy Weapons and Ammunition
4 August 2005
RIA Novosti (Russia)
KIEV — Ukraine and NATO have set up a trust fund to destroy weapons and ammunition, a representative of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
The ten-year, 75-million-euro project provides for the destruction of 130,000 tons of ammunition and 1.5 billion of small arms, Vladimir Popovich said.
He said the project will be implemented in three stages and special plants and technologies will be created in Ukraine during the first three-year stage.
Read More: RIA Novosti (Russia)
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Ill-Secured Soviet Arms Depots Tempting Rebels and Terrorists
16 July 2005
New York Times
ICHNYA, Ukraine — The ammunition is stacked in mounds in a clearing, exposed to rain and sun. The crates that hold it are rotting. After more than a decade in the elements, many have ruptured, exposing high-explosive rockets and mortar fins.
This is the overstuffed ammunition depot behind the security fences at Military Unit A1479, a small base in the Ukrainian forest under military guard. At least 5,700 tons of ammunition, grenades and explosive powder have come to... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: New York Times
Supremacist Suspect Named as Europe/US Gunrunner
25 February 2005
A former Aryan Nations member charged last week with selling machine guns to an undercover informant was part of a gun-smuggling ring that shipped weapons into Seattle from Eastern Europe, according to a federal affidavit unsealed yesterday in U.S. District Court.
Keith D. Gilbert, who once spent time in prison for possessing 1,400 pounds of explosives he later claimed were intended to blow up the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stockpiled the guns at his... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Seattle Times
NATO to Help Destroy 1.5 Million Small Arms in Ukraine
21 February 2005
BRUSSELS, Belgium — NATO announced a 12-year program to help Ukraine destroy millions of surplus Soviet-era weapons in what the alliance called the largest demilitarization effort underway anywhere in the world.
The announcement came as Ukraine's new, Westward-leaning president prepared to attend a NATO summit Tuesday in Brussels, where he was expected to ask for closer cooperation between the military bloc and Ukraine.
NATO, which has said Ukraine is not ready for... (GunPolicy.org)
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Four Men Charged With Buying Guns for Iraq Terrorists
20 September 2004
Kiev — Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office has ended investigation of a case, in which four nationals of Greece, Iraq and Pakistan are charged with organizing a permanent criminal grouping for purchases of large consignments of firearms and defense technologies to the tune of about 800 million U.S. dollars.
The grouping supposedly planned to export that weaponry to Iraq, where it would be used against the forces of the U.S.-led coalition, said Sergei Rudenko, the... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Itar-Tass
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Ukrainian Arms Exports End Up in a Wide Range of Conflict Zones
19 September 2004
Jane's Defence News, Web Page
Ukraine's arms exports last year stood at US$530-550m, an increase on the year before when they were officially recorded at $440m. JID's regional analyst looks at the implications of Kiev's weapons policy.
Ukrainian experts analysing this highly secretive sector of Ukraine's foreign trade believe that the volume of military exports could rise to an annual maximum of $700m. Of course, these figures do not include the large volume of unofficial trade in weapons. Since... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: Jane's Defence News
President Anxious for More Stockpile Disposal
29 June 2004
President Leonid Kuchma said at a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, in Istanbul on Tuesday, that Ukraine sought a higher level of cooperation with the alliance, reports the Ukrainian president's press office.
Ukraine has been one of the most dynamically developing economies in Europe, according to Mr Kuchma. Besides, the president noted that the positive macroeconomic indicators were accompanied by growing incomes of the population, the stability of the national... (GunPolicy.org)
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Company Denies Responsibility for Arms Cargo Detained in Turkey
4 June 2004
KIEV — The Ukrainian state company Ukrspetsexport and its affiliates disclaim any responsibility for the special cargo and the ship it carried that were detained in Turkey last Wednesday, the company said in a press-release.
"Neither Ukrspetsexport, nor any of its affiliates have dispatched such a cargo in this direction over the past few months," the press-service said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Thursday confirmed the Turkish authorities had detained a... (GunPolicy.org)
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First Guns, Now Missiles and Uranium Smuggled Into Hungary
4 March 2004
Ukrainian border guards held a Ukrainian citizen on Monday, February 23, at the Lamberg crossing station after realizing that he was carrying a 400-gram shipment of enriched uranium.
The Hungarian Border Guard Center (HOP) was informed about the incident by the Ukranian authorities. Based on their report, Sándor Orodán, the spokesman of the HOP said that the man drove in his Citröen van to the border station where the vehicle underwent routine inspection.
Read More: Budapest Sun
Ukraine Journalists Armed With Rubber Bullet Guns
12 December 2001
KIEV — Ukraine's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday it would allow journalists reporting on politics, crime and corruption to carry guns that fire rubber bullets, in a response to a wave of attacks on reporters.
"We did this in a bid to improve the safety of journalists, some of whom are working under continual threat," a ministry spokesman told Reuters.
Ukraine has come under fire from the West for its patchy record on human rights and press freedom. Around 18... (GunPolicy.org)
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Doubts Over Ukrainian 'Gun Law'
11 December 2001
The Ukrainian Government has responded to a wave of attacks on journalists over the last 15 months by allowing them to carry guns that fire rubber bullets.
But some journalists say the measure is worse than useless.
Rubber bullets can never save a reporter's life, not even one, said the head of a regional association of journalists in the southern Crimea peninsula, one of the country's most violent regions.
The head of Ukraine's Union of Journalists, Ihor Lubchenko,... (GunPolicy.org)
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Moldova Seizes Ukrainian Cargo Plane with 5,000 Undeclared Handguns
8 April 1999
BASA-Press (Chisinau) / FBIS, Transcript
CHISINAU — Moldovan customs services have spoiled an attempt of illegal arms traffic when a Ukrainian transit plane landed Wednesday on the Chisinau airport.
A team of customs officers while checking up the plane found 4,000 Makarov handguns and 1,000 R handguns, identical to the known Russian-made TT pistols.
The plane was following the route Budapest-Chisinau-Sofia, according to departure papers.
Sources in the Interior Ministry, who requested to remain... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: BASA-Press (Chisinau) / FBIS