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US resumes ‘on-site’ inspections to keep track of weapons in Ukraine

The United States has reopened its inspections of Ukraine to trace the millions of weapons that are being delivered to Kyiv.

Moving large amounts of weaponry in Europe’s most important conflict since World War Two is a risk that some might fall into the wrong hand.

The United States has stated that it was worth the risk to supply $18 billion worth weapons after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

A senior US defense official claimed that the Ukrainian government had committed to safeguarding and accounting for the weapons under the condition of anonymity and that there was no evidence supporting this claim.


According to the official, the United States recently resumed “onsite inspections” in order to inspect weapons stocks in Ukraine when security conditions allow.

Inspections are an integral part of any agreement that countries sign with the United States when certain weapons are handed to them.

According to the official, he will continue to work with his U.S. counterparts and international partners to ensure accountability in future security assistance.


The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv was reopened in May, and the defense attache, as well as the office for defense cooperations, are carrying out the inspections.

The official didn’t say how many visits had been made to the sites, but he admitted that it was difficult to track weapons in active conflict areas.

According to the official, the United States cannot visit certain areas, such as the frontline. It does however provide training for Ukrainian forces in order to provide better data.

The Stinger surface-to-air missiles are lighter and more portable than MANPAD. They are capable of winning wars, but they have been lost or sold in the past.

Last week, the State Department presented a series of steps it would take in the coming years to stop the diversion of weapons from eastern Europe.

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