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"The high availability of weapons during the current conflict will result in the proliferation in illicit arms in the post-conflict phase," Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said.
That will only empower organised crime groups that have become increasingly global operations, capable of exploiting the chaos created from Russia's bombardments over the past three months.
"This will come, I have no doubts... Criminals are already now, here as we speak, focussing on that," Stark told the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris, where he travelled from Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, southeast France.
Kyiv's Western allies have shipped tonnes of military hardware to Ukraine as it tries to fend off Russian forces that have already seized swathes of territory in the east and south.
US President Joe Biden announced that Washington would now send "more advanced rocket systems and munitions," after providing or pledging thousands of assault rifles as well as anti-tank rockets.
"Even weapons that are used by the military, heavy weapons, will be available on the criminal market," Stock warned.
"We are already encouraging member countries, we have a database on sharing information on weapons, to use these databases because no region or country can deal with it in isolation," he said.
"The criminals I'm talking about are operating globally, so these weapons will be exchanged across continents."
Stock added that the Ukraine conflict has also prompted a spike in "large-scale fertiliser thefts as well as increased counterfeit agro-chemicals, as these commodities have become increasingly valuable."
"The increase in fuel prices has also resulted in a rise in fuel thefts in Europe and other regions," he said.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has repeatedly vowed Germany's strong support for Ukraine in its battle against Russia's invasion. But in the immediate weeks after Russian troops marched on Ukraine, Kyiv had blasted German aid as too little and too late.
In a snapshot of the war's wider impact, the UN food agency said reduced exports of wheat and other food commodities from Ukraine and Russia could inflict chronic hunger on up to 19 million more people globally over the next year.
A US official told reporters the weapons being sent are Himars, or the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, which have precision-guided munitions and a longer range than those currently deployed by Ukraine.
The US and Germany pledged to send Ukraine some of the most advanced weapons; Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Washington of "adding fuel to the fire," saying "such supplies" did not encourage Kyiv to resume peace talks.
An eight months pregnant British-Indian woman, was among more than 700 former UK Post Office staff who were wrongly targeted, imprisoned, and classified using a "racial slur," according to fresh prosecution documents released to campaigners.
An Asian gang of 7 people lured victims who planned to invest in trading the digital currency "Bitcoin," and seized Dhs320,000 from 5 people, in addition to seizing other amounts estimated at $1 billion.
Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, “Today I received the employees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Programme to thank them personally at Zabeel Palace… He who does not thank people does not thank God… I noticed a large number of comments praising their performance in various means of communication.”