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Serbian Arms Trafficked To Ukraine: Evidence Of Mortars Used Against Donbass

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Serbian Arms Trafficked To Ukraine: Evidence Of Mortars Used Against Donbass

This Serbian mortar shell 60 mm M73 HE manufactured by the Serbian arms factory Krusik in 2016 was found on the front line in Donbass. Photo: DNR Ministry of Defense, 9 November 2019

Written by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva; Originally appeared on armswatch.com

New evidence has emerged of Ukraine’s Army using Serbian weapons in the war in Donbass. Serbia officially has not exported weapons to Ukraine since the beginning of the armed conflict between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). However, Serbian weapons manufactured in 2016 appear to be used by Ukraine’s Army in the war in Donbass.

This 60 mm Serbian mortar shell M73 HE KV lot 02/16 was found by DNR soldiers in Donbass, according to photos published by the DNR Ministry of Defense on 9 November 2019. The mortar shell was fired by the Ukrainian Army but did not explode.

Serbian Arms Trafficked To Ukraine: Evidence Of Mortars Used Against Donbass

This 60 mm Serbian mortar shell M73 HE KV lot 02/16 was found by DNR soldiers in Donbass, according to photos published by the DNR Ministry of Defense on 9 November 2019. The mortar shell was fired by the Ukrainian Army but did not explode. Photos: DNR Ministry of Defense

Serbian Arms Trafficked To Ukraine: Evidence Of Mortars Used Against Donbass Serbian Arms Trafficked To Ukraine: Evidence Of Mortars Used Against Donbass

This is not the first documented case of alleged Serbian mortar shells being fired by the Ukrainian Army.

Serbian president Alexander Vucic commented that this lot of weapons (15,000 pcs.) was sold by Krusik to the private Serbian company CPR Impex which exported the weapons to the Polish company Natan via Cyprus. However, Ukraine was not indicated as the end user of these Serbian weapons.

The scandal with Serbian arms being trafficked to war zones broke after Arms Watch published an investigation into who arms ISIS terrorists in Yemen. Documents published by Arms Watch reveal that Serbian weapons manufactured by Krusik and sold to Saudi Arabia had ended up with Islamic State terrorists in Yemen.  Three days after Arms Watch broke the story, on 18 September, Serbian prosecutors arrested the Krusik whistleblower Alexander Obradovich.

Instead of investigating the arms trafficking to terrorists in Yemen, the Serbian prosecutors launched an investigation into the leak from Krusik and charged the whistleblower with revealing trade secrets. His arrest caused a wave of protests in Serbia and he was released from prison under house arrest. Yet Alexander Obradovich is under arrest while those who traffic arms go free. The full 3-part investigation into who arms terrorists you can read here:

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  • verner

    ammunition has a shelf life and must be used before the end of the best before date and thus serbian stuff will end up in ukraine where they have immediate use for anything explosive. nothing strange about that in the ordinary case but it might also have been some corrupt general that wanted to make a buck or two before retirement.

    • occupybacon

      “in ukraine where they have immediate use for anything explosive” if what Russians say was true Donetsk and Luhansk were erased from the map by now

      • Dušan Mirić

        Everything Russia says is true.

  • opet ja

    In weapon trafficking from Serbia are included members of Serbian government together with president Aleksandar Vuchic and his brother Andrey Vuchic. Lot of Serbian produced weapons have finished among terrorists in Syria via UAE and S. Arabia and also in Libya. Two of Serbian diplomats were killed in Libya when they discovered the shipments. Officially they were kidnaped by some terrorist group and after while they were killed in USAF bombing of that terrorist group in Libya.

    • jo

      Aj ne seri

      • opet ja

        Glupi SNS botu ha ha

  • Ivanus59

    So not only do they sell weapons to terrorists but also those weapons end up not working properly (which is good in this case). Shame on my country for this.

    • opet ja

      It is not shame on Serbia, our country, but shame on Vuchic & CO who help terrorist and take money for weapon trafficking.

      • Dušan Mirić

        Севеш!

    • Dušan Mirić

      Севеш!

  • Rhodium 10

    They can sell weapons to Ukrops nazis and ISIS because have the bless of USA!…if they would have sell these mortars ammo to Syria or Iran…USA would sanctioned them company staff would be in FBI list!

    • Jens Holm

      Funny version.

  • Dušan Mirić

    This smearing armswatch piece is part of special operations of Serbia’s enemies (consequently the enemies of piece on the Earth) and those who are repeating NATO lies like “Russian malign influence” while their malign influence in form of depleted uranium they were poisoning Serbia in their savage aggression on FRY will last forever. I hope South Front had it on mind.

    • Jens Holm

      We dont need to help Serbians being enemies of us. They have doing that for centuries and even started WW1 adter Baljan war 1 and 2 didnt make it.

      Its as to many small people think they are born as Alphas there and women hardly exist.

      • Marija

        Albanian organ harvester spotted

        • Jens Holm

          Thats how You are. The worst You seemes to know is albanians, and then I am an organ harvester.

          But dont worry, You seemes rotten all over. Many in Yout Region seemes so incl. Albanian harvesters.

      • Dušan Mirić

        Stupidity is endless

        • Jens Holm

          I can agree. You continue as childish children having learned nothing from WW2, WW1, Your lastest wars and even vefore.

          Those other slaves dont want to be runned by You. The same for Albanians, Macedonians.

          Making millions to refugees did it for me even You in some matters are just as Your belowed neighbors. You also seemes to inspire each other, but it should be for the better.

      • Dušan Mirić

        …as well as madness

  • AM Hants

    Hasn’t Soros tried to set up base in Serbia?

    Meanwhile, now the money is running out, at least one Ukrainian politician appears to have woken up and smelt the coffee.

    Ukrainian Politician Vasily Volga: If All Maidan Criminals Aren’t Punished, Ukraine Will Cease to Exist… https://www.stalkerzone.org/ukrainian-politician-vasily-volga-if-all-maidan-criminals-arent-punished-ukraine-will-cease-to-exist/

    • Jens Holm

      AAAAaaarhhhh Soros, there we go again. Are You sure its not Zerro:)

      Kindliest regards from Zorba(The Greek).

      • AM Hants

        So are you saying there is not a tax payer funded ‘Soros Open Society Foundation’ NGO in Serbia, keeping out of politics?

  • <>

    Ukraine needs some Israeli weapons too, it’s a good payback for all the weapons Russia supplies to our enemies.

    • Giving Russia a reason to deploy the S-400 to Syria this time, zionist troll, Crimea is already ours.

      • <>

        Never be yours :)

        • Mrtl

          Already russian,you soap bar inbred. :)