: War turns Ukraine into 'supermarket' for illegal weapons - The Washington Post

12:16 Aug. 8, 2016

War turns Ukraine into 'supermarket' for illegal weapons - The Washington Post

Demonstration of new weapons systems (UNIAN Photo)

Illegal weapons spread throughout the country amidst war in eastern Ukraine

A former Ukrainian soldier-turned-arms dealer agrees to meet in Kiev, where he offers to sell a Makarov semi-automatic pistol for about 0. Amid haggling, he drops the price to 0. He says he also has Kalashnikov automatic rifles for less than 0 and can get heavier weapons such as rocket launchers if given a little more time.

Read more Reuters: Ukraine, after war, becomes a trove for black market arms trade

The war in eastern Ukraine against Russia-backed separatists has led to the uncontrolled spread of firearms throughout the country, with experts describing Ukraine as a "supermarket" where millions of illegal weapons are for sale.

Read more Record number of illegal arms from Donbas found at premises of Dnipro-1 Regiment

Since the armed conflict broke out in 2014, the number of crimes involving firearms has more than doubled in Ukraine, a country where gun ownership was previously very rare. Some of the weapons are also being smuggled out of the country, destined for conflict zones in the Middle East or for Europe, adding to fears of more attacks.

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