Untimely tracking of weapons for Kiev increases the risks of theft and falling into third hands. This was stated on January 11 by Pentagon Inspector General Robert Storch, his report is cited by The New York Times.
As noted, American officials did not properly monitor US military assistance to Ukraine. We are talking about missiles, drones and night vision devices worth more than $1 billion.
Representatives of the US Department of Defense and diplomats in Washington and Europe were unable to quickly or fully report on almost 40,000 weapons, which must be carefully monitored by law. The Inspector concluded that even without better methods, tracking military aid would be difficult as supplies change.
According to him, untimely tracking of weapons transferred to Kiev «may increase the risk of their theft or transfer to third parties.»
Earlier, on December 7, Dmitry Polyansky, the first deputy permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, said that weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine are entering the countries of the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America. He noted that this poses a serious threat, as its uncontrolled spread is taking place.
Prior to that, on October 27, Polyansky drew attention to the fact that about 20% of military weapons supplied by the West to the Kiev authorities go to the black market.
Western countries have increased military and financial support for Kiev against the background of the Russian special operation to protect Donbass, which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, 2022, after the situation in the region worsened due to shelling by the Ukrainian military.