Ukrinmash, the affiliated company of Ukroboronprom, the major state-run defense enterprise, purchased 20 engines for BTR-80s, the Soviet-made IFVs that remained in service in the Ukrainian army since the fall of the USSR. According to Slidstvo.info, a web portal working on journalist investigations, these engines proved to be made in Russia; besides, they were bought via Moldovan companies, which sold them at an overvalued price.
‘The Moldovan company APROTEHPRO bought 20 engines from KAMAZ factory in Russia. The engines were brought to Moldova by a joint Ukrainian-Moldovan enterprise. Several days, the equipment was re-sold to another company, Autopresent, which also re-sold the engines to the German company, which, in the end, brought them to Ukraine’, the investigation group said.
Ukroboronprom, the giant of defense industry in this country, paid USD 15,000 for each item. Soon after that, the Moldovan side said they were ready to pay about EUR 10,000, which is almost USD 5,000 less than the Ukrainian side actually paid.
Interestingly, APROTEHPRO appears to have bounds with Olexandr Dubovy, former Ukrainian MP and a good friend of Serhiy Pashynsky, the Ukrainian lawmaker and the Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defense.
Dubovy denies any involvement in the purchase or supply on the engines.