A report claimed army help given to Ukraine by NATO international locations had been utilized by pro-Ukraine fighters to assault Russia.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo says Belgium will ask Ukraine to make clear whether or not Belgian rifles equipped to Kyiv had been utilized by pro-Ukrainian troops to assault Russia’s western border.
De Croo’s feedback got here on Monday after The Washington Publish reported over the weekend that anti-Kremlin fighters – Freedom of Russia Legion and Russian Volunteer Corps – who launched a cross-border assault from Ukraine in Russia’s Belgorod region last month, used tactical automobiles initially given to Ukraine by the USA and Poland and carried rifles made in Belgium and the Czech Republic.
“Our defence ministry and its intelligence companies have began an investigation and are asking for info to find out what has occurred precisely,” De Croo instructed Belgium’s Radio 1.
“European weapons are delivered to Ukraine beneath the situation that they’re used on Ukrainian territory with the aim of defending that territory. And we’ve got strict controls in place to see that that is the case,” he mentioned.
He highlighted that Belgium would take this example “very significantly”, however declined to touch upon potential penalties if the stories had been confirmed.
Earlier, White Home spokesperson John Kirby mentioned Washington was additionally trying into stories that US automobiles and tools “may have been concerned” within the cross-border raids in Belgorod.
In an interview with Al Jazeera final month, Ilya Ponomarev, a political consultant for the Freedom of Russia Legion, mentioned, “The fundamental army tools just like the rifles and machineguns, they clearly are a part of the common fighters in Ukraine as a result of each of these teams are a part of the worldwide legion, which is part of the Ukrainian armed forces.”
“So simply common tools is coming from there. The remainder had been captured in the course of the preventing. Heavy tools, for instance, like tanks, they had been captured throughout fights over Kharkiv area the place Russian military was retreating. And we captured these tanks from there and now we’re utilizing them within the Belgorod area,” he added.
Officers in Kyiv have said its army is concerned within the incursions by Russian volunteer fighters.