Ukraine establishes parliamentary committee to oversee Western arms shipments

19 July, 05:05 PM
Ukraine’s parliament has established a special committee to oversee Western arms shipments (Photo:Ukrainian parliament)

Ukraine’s parliament has established a special committee to oversee Western arms shipments (Photo:Ukrainian parliament)

Ukraine’s parliament has established a special oversight committee to supervise how the country is using armaments supplied by its Western partners, European Solidarity MP Oleksiy Goncharenko said in a Telegram post on July 19.

Rustem Umerov, an MP from Holos (Voice) party, will chair the committee.

The proposal was tabled by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief-of-staff, Andriy Yermak.

The committee is charged with developing a set of procedures for effective parliamentary oversight of how Ukraine is using security assistance provided by its partners and allies to defend against Russian aggression.

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The body will also aggregate and analyze reports of instances of improper deployment and transportation of foreign armaments, and will conduct hearings on the matter.

Fifteen MPs from across all parliamentary parties will sit on the commit-tee, which will be operational for at least one year.

NATO and EU members states insist on more robust control over Western weapons arriving in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on July 12. Reportedly, there is mounting concern that some of the armaments may be smuggled out of the country, fueling criminal activity in Europe – despite a complete lack of evidence.

Defense Ministry adviser Yuriy Sak said that “any movement of weapons to and from Ukraine – for maintenance purposes – is strictly monitored by both the Ukrainian government and our international partners.”

FT also wrote how potential illicit weapon shipments from Ukraine have been discussed by interior ministers of EU member states. The flow of weapons from Ukraine to criminal syndicates across the EU could become a problem for European security, Europol said in April. There has yet to be a single reported case of Western weapons smuggled from Ukraine.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said that the army is tracking every single piece of military equipment used to defend against the Russian invasion.

Ukraine has been using NATO-supplied software to monitor if various weapon systems are used for their intended purposes since 2019.

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