One of the few arguably beneficial (for Ukraine, at least) effects of the conflict in its eastern provinces is the demand for weapons, particularly small arms, that pretty much any military conflict creates. Since the beginning of the conflict in early 2014, the funds had started to be channelled to the fairly sophisticated projects, that were basically on a sidelines due to the lack of demand, since it wasn’t believed that these weapons will be able to compete with the comparable western products.

This new wave of demand is unlikely to help the struggling Ukrainian economy to any noticeable degree, however, it does already cause an impact in the area of the conflict, where significant part of Ukrainian forces are volunteers, who often have to buy the weapons themselves because of the inefficient bureaucratic procedures, designated for supplying volunteer units with the government-owned equipment.- Dmytro