American forces have been deployed to Ukraine in order to combat weapons smuggling or confirm claims of it are a Russian disinformation campaign.

Many Western countries have provided military assistance to Ukraine through weapons, training, and other support.

Ukrainian officials have long been concerned about the potential for military equipment and weapons to be diverted or misused. As a result, numerous reports of weapons being smuggled out of Ukraine and sold on the black market.

In a recent story by the BBC, it was revealed that these reports of Western weapons smuggling are most likely a Russian disinformation operation.  They undertook to make contact with the alleged seller of these weapons on the dark web and found that the sellers were Russians posing themselves as Poles and Ukrainians and were using photoshopped images of weapons used in Syria.