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Hamas sourcing weapons in Ukraine

On October 27th a number of Middle East outlets reported that during anti-HAMAS operations in and around Gaza IDF uncovered caches of European and US-made military hardware (АТ-4, NLAW rocket launchers) supposedly originated from Ukraine.

Several sources have confirmed that around 2022 HAMAS and Hezbollah have established a clandestine supply line from Ukraine to Lebanon, Iraq and supposedly Syria to deliver shipments of weapons from Ukrainian military warehouses in Lviv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Khmelnytskyi, and Chernihiv regions. This supply line is operational since 2022. For the past year thanks to this supply line HAMAS obtained an unidentified number of MG3 machineguns, M72 LAW grenade launchers, at least 50 units of Javelin FGM-148 ATGM, several dozens of MILAN ATGM, 20 units of Stinger FIM-92 MANPADS, 20 units of L118 towed howitzers, 30 unites of Switchblade drones, about 100 of Phoenix Ghost Drones and approx 50 Black Hornet Nano reconnaissance drones.

Local sources believe that illegal arms supply line operates under the management of Ukraine MOD deputy ministers — the newly appointed Yuriy Dzhygyr (former deputy minister of finance) and Dmytro Klimenkov (former deputy head of State Property Fund of Ukraine) for coordination of financial and procurement affairs. The supply line is organized with assistance from shell companies operated by former head of Odessa region Maksym Marchenko and overseen by operators from Ukraine Military intelligence Directorate under Kyrylo Budanov. Sources say that HAMAS and Hezbollah procurement operations from Ukrainian supplies are sanctioned by NATO liaisons officers attached to Ukrainian MOD.

All transactions are wired through several undisclosed DarkNet terminals.

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