Its 8.4-kilo warhead penetrates solid armor steel, and the infrared-controlled “Javelin” (“thrown spear”) is absolutely accurate from a distance of 2,000 meters: Thousands of these modern US anti-tank weapons, which cost 65,000 euros each, are currently being delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces and are supposed to destroy Russian battle tanks in the east of the country.
Analysts at the Flemish Peace Institute are now warning that hundreds of “Javelins” could disappear from these transports into an absolutely unclear and uncontrollable conflict zone: “There are really considerable risks associated with these arms deliveries to Ukraine,” said Nils Duquet, the director of the Flemish Peace Institutes, to the TV channel “France24”.
As early as the Balkan War, it was experienced that thousands of handguns simply disappeared – and were sold on the black market to criminal organizations or even to terrorists. Nils Duquet: “It’s pure illusion to believe now that we have control over the arms delivered to Ukraine. We know that many weapons will never be returned to the official armed forces.”
This dramatic development creates a massive security risk for all major Western European cities: The Islamist assassin in Vienna could have killed many more people on November 2, 2020 if he had not only fired an old replica of a Russian assault rifle – but a “Javelin ” anti-tank missile would have deployed. The Cobra or Wega units would also have massive problems against terrorists with such high-tech armament.
A police operation against criminal gangs that would use “Javelins” in a raid in a major European city would be just as difficult: the surprise of the executive would be enormous – also a pursuit of such well-equipped criminals would be extremely dangerous.
“While the reaction to supplying more arms to Ukraine is very understandable, it would be wise to also consider the immediate and long-term security implications,” US-based think tank Stimson Center said in March Development.
And: “We have seen time and time again how weapons aimed at aiding an ally in a conflict have found their way to the front lines in unforeseen battlefields. They often end up with groups that are at odds with US interests or those of civilians.”
With its Small Arms Survey, the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva also warns of the seepage of huge quantities of weapons in Ukraine: In this region, for example, there would already be 300,000 in 2013 to 2015 – i.e. in just two years of fighting with the separatist movements supported by Russia Handguns gone. Only 4000 pieces were found again.
Most of the stolen weapons remained in Ukraine for the time being, while most firearms were shipped abroad during the Balkan war. For all terrorists and various mafia gangs, the Ukraine has now become a huge arms shopping center.