KYIV, ($1=29.88 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A FGM-148 Javelin is selling on the darknet for $ 30,000, according to an investigation by the pro-Russian news agency ABS News. In their channel on Telegram ABS News share screenshots taken from the site where the American weapon is sold.
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There are three photos: a large photo of the product, a screenshot of the product category on the site, and a screenshot of the product page. The two product screenshots show the seller’s set price “from $30,000”, which means that this will be an auction and the initial price is $30,000.
ABS News claims that the FGM-148 Javelin, which is sold in the dark network, is one of many anti-tank guided missile systems supplied by the United States to Ukraine because of its war with Russia. There is no way to prove this claim, but ABS News relies on the location on the product page where the weapon is sold, and this is the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv.
“Ukrops are selling Javelins on the darknet. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine resells equipment and weapons supplied by NATO to the Middle East and North Africa. Anyone with a TOR browser can buy this ATGM in the online store,” the message of ABS News in Telegram saiys.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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