Ukraine: Prevention of Misuse during Arms & Ammunition Transfer

Source The United Nations

“Briefing by Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, on threats to international peace and security, during the 9629th meeting of the Security Council.”


Media – The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, today (20 May) told the Security Council that, in the context of the war in Ukraine, “importing, transit, producing, and exporting States must act responsibly at every step along the arms and ammunition transfer chain to prevent diversion, illicit trafficking and misuse.”

Nakamitsu said, “over the last months, the provision of military assistance and transfers of arms and ammunition to the Ukrainian armed forces have continued” and have reportedly included “heavy conventional weapons such as battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, combat aircraft, helicopters, large-calibre artillery systems, missile systems and uncrewed combat aerial vehicles, as well as remotely operated munitions, small arms and light weapons and their ammunition.”

She said there have also been reports of “States transferring, or planning to transfer, weapons such as uncrewed aerial vehicles, ballistic missiles and ammunition to the Russian armed forces and that these weapons have been used in Ukraine.”

The High Representative reiterated that “any transfer of weapons and ammunition must take place within the applicable international legal framework, including of course, relevant Security Council resolutions.”

“Pre-transfer risk assessments, marking and record-keeping practices, as well as tracing capabilities,” she said, “are of utmost importance.”

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