The Temporary Investigation Commission for inquiring thefts in the Armed Forces has officially started its work in the Ukrainian parliament.
It plans to work until December 6, when the final report will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.
The date is symbolic. On December 6, Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The official name of the commission is the Provisional Investigation Commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to investigate the information concerning the thefts in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the undermining of the state's defense capability in the period from 2004 to 2017.
The commission was established on June 7, 2018. 184 people's deputies voted for its creation.
Chairman of the commission is MP from the Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc Ivan Vynnyk.
In total, the commission included 11 more people's deputies:
- Deputy Chairman of the Commission Dmytro Linko (Radical Party);
- Olexandr Brygynets (Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc);
- Tetiana Rychkova (Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc);
- Yuriy Bereza (National Front);
- Andriy Teteruk (National Front);
- Taras Pastukh (Samopomich);
- Ivan Krulko (Motherland);
- Yuriy Miroshnychenko (Opposition block);
- Volodymyr Zubik (Vidrodzhennya);
- Igor Molotok (Volia Narodu);
- Pavlo Kishkar (non-factional).
What issues will the commission deal with?
The word to Ivan Vynnyk:
"The defense ministers, who destroyed the system of military command, provision, material support, who sold weapons and equipment for pennies, hundreds of tanks, hundreds of armored personnel carriers, dozens of helicopters – it is the army that was one of the most powerful in Europe, which was completely destroyed, robbed as of 2014. The army was demoralized due to the fact that the money supply system of servicemen led to a beggarly existence of Ukrainian warrior in the period from 2004 to 2014. The Commission is going to investigate these issues," Vynnyk said.
And more about the tasks. From the draft resolution on Provisional Investigation Commission:
- Verification of the legality and validity of the transfer of military property to the status of surplus.
- Verification of the information on the validity of the cost of alienating military property, surplus military property and other objects of property rights of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces.
- Verification of the information on the amount of compensation justification for the value of land owned by the Ministry of Defense and/or the Armed Forces, alienated and/or transferred for development within the framework of investment projects and programs.
- Verification of the targeted use of funds aimed at financing the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces. In particular, regarding the implementation of programs to improve the defense capability and security of the state and programs for the development of Armed Forces.
- Establishment and collection of information and a circle of persons and/or enterprises, institutions, organizations and their officials "involved in the implementation of activities related to a range of issues investigated by the Commission."
- Initiation of the issue of bringing the perpetrators to justice, as provided by the legislation of Ukraine.
Important: The Provisional Investigation Commission can’t directly bring persons and enterprises to responsibility (actually, therefore the word "initiation" is highlighted).
Here is what Vynnyk said about this:
"The report will be heard on December 6, 2018. The Verkhovna Rada can accept the commission's recommendation and send materials to law enforcement agencies, to open a criminal proceeding with a subsequent investigation."
What is already known about thefts in the army?
The first decisions of the commission have so far concerned most of the organizational work and decision-making rules. However, we already know interesting statistics on the number and value of the sold military property.
In particular, one of the members of the commission, Olexandr Brygynets, published the following data on Facebook:
Information from the Investigation Commission on how the ministers sold the army:
Lebedev in times of Azarov / Yanukovych (2012-2014) sold equipment for 7,8 million USD, including
Tanks - 51
IFV / APC - 50
Helicopters - 9
Airplanes, UAV, gliders - 27
Salamatin in times of Azarov / Yanukovych (2012) sold the military property for 8,9 million USD, including
Tanks - 86
IFV / APC - 89
Helicopters - 85
Airplanes, UAV, gliders - 36
Yezhel in times of Azarov / Yanukovych (2010-2012) sold military assets for 21,6 million USD, including:
Tanks - 340
IFV / APC - 191
Helicopters - 51
Airplanes, UAV, gliders - 31
Ivashchenko, in times of Tymoshenko / Yushchenko (2009-2010) sold military assets for 9 million USD, including:
Tanks - 128
IFV / APC - 72
Helicopters - 16
Airplanes, UAV, gliders - 33
Yekhanurov in times of Tymoshenko / Yushchenko 2(007-2009) sold military assets for 18 million USD, including:
Tanks - 27
IFV / APC - 167
Helicopters - 57
Airplanes, UAV, gliders - 67
Hrytsenko in times of Tymoshenko, Yekhanurov, Yanukovych, and President Yushchenko (2005-2007) sold military assets for 47 million USD, including:
Tanks - 200
IFV / APC - 145
Helicopters - 14
Airplanes, UAV, gliders - 8
So the ministers sold the army's property at those unrealistically low prices for 114 billion USD.
In the documents that were partially quoted by Brygynets, we can find more detailed information.
- Under Lebedev (December 24, 2012 - February 27, 2014): 224,878 small arms, 22.66 million units of ammunition, 33 units of evacuation and repair equipment, 286 units of vehicles, 59 units of rocket and artillery weapons, 14 units of engineering equipment alienated, transferred to the sale.
- Under Salamatin (8.02.2012 - 24.12.2012): 346 units of missile and artillery weapons, 56,466 small arms, 73.98 million units of ammunition, 37 units of evacuation and repair equipment, 396 units of vehicles, 87 units of special equipment of engineer troops alienated, transferred to the sale.
- Under Yezhel (11.03.2010 - 8.02.2012): 5574 units of rocket and artillery weapons (12 on a free basis), 458 482 small arms (1292 on a free basis), 138.87 million ammunition, (580 882 - on a free basis), 391 units of evacuation and repair equipment, 2334 units of vehicles (5 - on a free basis), 87 units of engineering equipment (578 - on a free basis) alienated, transferred to the sale.
- Under Ivashchenko (06.06.2009 - 11.03.2010): 775 missile and artillery armament (6 - on a free basis), 97 669 small arms, 40.92 million units of ammunition, 66 means of evacuation and repair of armored vehicles, 177 units of vehicles, 32 units of engineering equipment alienated, transferred to the sale.
- Under Yekhanurov (February 18, 2007 - June 5, 2009): 5237 missile and artillery armament units, 525 840 small arms, 144.67 million ammunition, 82 means for armored vehicles evacuation and repair, 1389 vehicles, 95 units of special equipment of engineer troops alienated, transferred to the sale.
- Under Hrytsenko (4.02.2005 - 18.12.2007): 16 564 units of missile and artillery armament, 461 027 small arms, 139.79 million units of ammunition, 348 vehicles (228 - on a free basis ), 48 units of means of evacuation and repair of armored vehicles, 6 units of special equipment of engineer troops alienated, transferred to the sale.
- Under Koval (March 25, 2014 - April 14, 2014): 4 units of air defense missile and radio-technical weapons of the Air Forces alienated, transferred to the sale.
Well, the next is conducting further investigation. According to the chairman of the commission Ivan Vynnyk, the Provisional Investigation Commission has already approved a "large complex request to state bodies with the purpose of clarifying the circumstances, obtaining information about the thefts."
What will happen after that, we’ll find out on December 6.
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