Claim of Ukrainian weapons sale to ISIS prompts denials, alarm

Ukraine’s Defence Ministry issued a statement on November 20 refuting information in Kuwaiti media that terrorists from the Islamic State had acquired weapons from Ukraine.

“Ukraine has not manufactured or carried out purchases of the FN-6 anti-aircraft missile systems mentioned in the statement, and also has not provided the transport for their shipment,” a statement on the ministry’s website said.

The statement came in response to a report published by the Kuwait News Agency on November 19 which cited the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry as saying a Lebanese member of ISIS had claimed to have secured weapons from Ukraine before sending them to Syria via Turkey.

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(Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, left, and defence minister Valery Heletey examine weapons and ammunition captured from Russian-backed militants during a visit to the army’s headquarters near the Kharkiv Oblast city of Izyum on July 8. © Anastasia Vlasova)