Overpriced purchases and numerous irregularities were discovered in a military unit in Ukraine, as a result of which Kiev lost almost one million euros. The Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it has initiated criminal proceedings, without specifying who exactly is targeted by the authorities’ investigation.
An audit discovered several violations that generated losses of about 39 million hryvnias (almost 1 million euros – ed.) from public funds, in a military unit in the Chernihiv region (Cernihiv, Chernihiv, in the north) , the ministry explained in a statement on Telegram.
“Criminal prosecutions have been launched”, he added, without specifying who exactly is targeted.
Inflated generator prices
The most important violations refer to the purchase, in 2022, of some generators whose greatly inflated price led to the loss of over 37 million hryvnias, the ministry informs on Telegram.
“Consequently, the unit purchased 163 generators less than the required amount,” the ministry says, also denouncing the late delivery of these devices, much expected last winter due to massive blackouts caused by Russian bombings against some Ukrainian energy infrastructures.
“Between October 2022 and April 2023, when the generators were urgently needed by the military, most of them were not delivered to military units, but gathered in warehouses, and “only 15%” were made available to the troops, the Ukrainian Ministry details .
The Ministry of Defense is facing multiple corruption scandals
The fight against corruption, an endemic evil in Ukraine, notes AFP, is one of the criteria set by the European Union for examining the candidacy of this country, which has received tens of billions of euros in aid from the West since the beginning of the Russian invasion, almost two years ago years.
In recent months, several corruption scandals have tarnished the image of some Ukrainian officials, including within the Ministry of Defense.
“We will continue to systematically identify errors and violations. This is a systematic and uncompromising work,” said Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Iuri Djighir, quoted in the press release.
Editor: Andreea Smerea