Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Published a report according to which during the past five years (2013-2017), Ukraine has taken the 11th place among world arms exporters, providing 1.7% of all world export. It was also stated that Ukraine has been supplying weapons to Russia (23%).
But Ukrainian Petro Poroshenko Bloc Party’s MP and a secretary of the Committee on National Security and Defense Ivan Vinnyk said in a commentary to 112 Ukraine TV channel that since May 2014 Ukraine has not supplied a single arms component to Russia.
“I have just had a meeting with the head of State service of export control of Ukraine in connection with this information and I can confirm once again that since May 2014 not a single arms component was supplied to Russia by Ukraine,” he noted.
Vinnyk is convinced that Ukraine’s arms export to world market is less than 1.5%.
“This report is the analysis of the information sources. The origin of the weapons is linked to the country that has invented it in its due time. Ukraine’s defense complex since USSR has a number of patents on arms, missiles, planes, which Russia now produces on its territory and illegally uses as an intellectual property of Ukraine. Regarding the prices, I also have interesting information: the assessment of the report is not made based on price indexes, but on quality indexes. All the contracts on arms transfers are classified and contain payments that are not connected to the product’s cost. That’s why this report has to be considered carefully,” the MP said.
He also noted that Committee on National Security and Defense has addressed the State service of export control of Ukraine with an official inquiry regarding this issue.
As it was reported earlier, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on March 12 published a report saying that the world’s arms sales in 2013-2017 increased by 10% compared to 2008-2012.
According to the report, Ukraine took 11th place among world arms exporters, providing 1.7% of all world export. During the previous five years, this number was 2.1%. Thus from the period from 2008 to 2017 the weapons supply from Ukraine has decreased by 26%.
The main clients of Ukraine for the period reportedly were Russia (23%), China (20%), Thailand (12%).
"Despite the ongoing armed conflict in Ukraine, which started in 2014, arms imports by the Ukrainian Government remained very small for the period
2013–17. Rebels in eastern Ukraine received tanks, armoured vehicles and portable anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles from Russia. However, the
lack of reliable sources makes it impossible to provide accurate estimates of the volumes involved," the report says.