Ukrainian import records reveal the nation’s urgent acquisition of arms amidst its conflict with Russia, some of which contravene Swiss export bans. Ukraine has been purchasing Soviet-era munitions at high costs, alongside Swiss ammunition via intermediaries despite Switzerland’s embargo on arms shipments to Ukraine. This has involved complex deals with various arms companies and third-party dealers, sometimes at prices significantly higher than those paid by Russia for similar armaments.
- Ukrainian entities have been procuring arms at high costs, including two controversial purchases of Swiss ammunition despite an embargo, highlighting the nation’s desperate need for materiel against Russian forces.
- The ammunition purchases from SwissP Defence were delivered through Polish intermediaries to Ukrainian Armor, with at least $346 million spent on arms in July alone, separate from international military aid.
- Ukraine has engaged with third-party arms dealers for transactions, such as the purchase of armored vehicles from Belgium and the United States, evidencing a vast network of arms supply.
- Import records show Ukraine paying significantly higher prices for munitions compared to Russia, with some 152mm shells costing roughly three times more.
- Allegations have surfaced about overpriced munitions and potential corruption involving Ukrainian officials and intermediaries, underscoring challenges in the country’s arms procurement process.