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Hundreds of missiles missing in Ukraine
Russian Journal ^ | March 30, 2004

Posted on 03/30/2004 11:41:53 PM PST by RussianConservative

KIEV - The Ukrainian Defense Ministry cannot find evidence that it had dismantled its decommissioned missiles, Ukrainian Defense Minister Yevgeny Marchuk told reporters.

“Unfortunately, there are ‘exotic’ things when we are looking for several hundred missiles that have been decommissioned, but we cannot find them," he said. “The missiles are said to have been dismantled,” Mr. Marchuk noted, adding that such missiles contained silver, gold, and platinum-group metals. “Where are the results of the dismantling?” he asked.

There was no common accounting system in the Ukrainian armed forces before Mr. Marchuk was appointed Defense Minister in June 2003. An inventory audit carried out after his appointment showed a $180bn difference with the previous report. “In other words, nobody knew exactly what was happening in the armed forces,” he said. “Frankly speaking, I cannot say that this is precise information – although I carried out two inventory audits - because there was no accounting,” Mr. Marchuk stressed.

Meanwhile, non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction was discussed at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the CIS countries in Minsk on Friday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended the meeting.

This was his first foreign trip as the Foreign Minister. During the visit, he will hold bilateral talks with his Belarusian, Ukrainian and Kyrgyz counterparts. Mr. Lavrov will also take part in the meeting of the foreign ministers of the CIS countries with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: loosenukes; missiles; missing; russia; ukraine; weapons; whoops; yoink

1 posted on 03/30/2004 11:41:53 PM PST by RussianConservative
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To: RussianConservative
Perhaps perfidious Russia has stolen them.

We may be in all-out war at some point. It could get ugly.
2 posted on 03/30/2004 11:47:04 PM PST by rogueleader
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To: RussianConservative
Oleg, like my new water tanks?
3 posted on 03/31/2004 1:35:17 AM PST by Domangart
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To: RussianConservative
But Clintoon was going to verify that the missiles were actualy decomissioned before he destroyed ours! Perhaps he was too busy with other more important things than millions of American lives...
4 posted on 03/31/2004 1:46:49 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: RussianConservative
My bet would be that these have been stripped of anything of value. In Ukraine even scrap yards have to guard their premises to avoid people making off with their stuff.

Regards,

5 posted on 03/31/2004 3:41:17 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: RussianConservative
Well this is very comforting . . .
6 posted on 03/31/2004 3:42:48 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate (A vote for JF'nK is a vote for Peace in our Time!)
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