Ukraine should declassify state defense order, conduct full audit of Ukroboronprom, - Yovanovitch

Source : 112 Ukraine

These two steps will facilitate the transparency in reforms and combating corruption in this particular area, the U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine said
08:03, 6 March 2019

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine should immediately perform the full and comprehensive audit of Ukroboronprom, the leading defense enterprise in this country. Another important step is to de-classify the state defense order. Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine said this during the speech at Ukraine Crisis Media Centre in Kyiv. 

'The government of Ukraine should immediately fund the full audit of Ukroboronprom and de-classify the state defense order to the fullest possible extent. This will contribute to transparency and fighting corruption in the defense sector. Turning the blind eye on the corruption in the defense sector would mean grabbing the food, medical aid and weapons from the arms of the valiant warriors of Ukraine. So the government should investigate and carry on with the corruption cases in Ukroboronprom and other places,' she said.

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February 25, journalist investigations Bihus.Info, Nashi Hroshi program alleged that Igor Gladkovsky, the son of close Poroshenko ally Oleh Gladkovsky, deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, organized a corruption scheme to smuggle spare military-equipment parts from Russia in 2015. State defense facilities purchased the smuggled spare parts from private companies linked to Hladkovsky and his friends at highly inflated prices. Ukroboronprom state concern, which supervises defense industry production facilities, knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.

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