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Crimes with the use of firearms and explosives (8 months of 2022)

While analyzing crimes committed with the use of firearms, it could be expected that crime rates resulted from illegal use of firearms would extremely be rising after February 2022. Nevertheless, the official crime statistics from the Office of General Prosecutor partly refutes such a presumption.

Yes, it is obvious that the number of crimes committed with weapons has seriously risen for the eight months of 2022 comparing even with the whole year of 2021.

On the other hand, the Ukrainian history knows examples when number of crimes with weapons was higher even in relatively peacetime (2014, 2015).

Official crime statistics from the Office of General Prosecutor had not proved the hypothesis that ‘saturation’ of the Ukrainian society with firearms during the first days of the 2022 Russian invasion would lead to increase of number of crimes concerned with illegal use of firearms until August 2022.