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Army’s combat capacity among Ukraine’s key achievements since 2014, - Poroshenko
15:08, 12 October 2017
Army’s combat capacity among Ukraine’s key achievements since 2014, - Poroshenko

President threatened to ‘chop off hands’ of anyone who tries corrupting the Armed Forces

15:08, 12 October 2017

112 Agency

Corruption in the Ukrainian army is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This was the key message of President Petro Poroshenko, who visited one of the dormitories of the Armed Forces in Kyiv.

‘I will not let anyone steal anything from the army. The one who dares to do so will have his hands chopped off. This is the president’s prerogative. The Army is under my personal care; it is one of our most significant achievements over the last three years. This became possible thanks to my efforts and those of minister of defense and his office, as well as the General Staff of the Army and the volunteers – the ones who had tough times back in 2014, preventing acts of corruption,’ Poroshenko said during his speech as he visited the army’s dormitory.

Related: Corruption dirt in Ukraine's Ministry of Defense: Two senior officials detained

Speaking about investigations into corruption cases, especially in the top-level authorities, Poroshenko insisted that investigation activities should be performed in shortest possible terms. ‘Any kind of time dragging, when cases are investigated for 3 or 4 years, is unacceptable; this destroys the very logic basis of fighting corruption,’ he said.

Earlier, National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office found out that Ministry of Defense used a corrupt scheme when contracting fuel and embezzled state funds for the amount of over 5,7 million USD. The scheme was busted, and two high-ranked officials involved in the corrupt activities were detained.

Related: EU demands from Ukraine to create detached Anti-corruption court

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