There is no chance that Ukraine’s deputy defense minister Ihor Pavlovsky can now flee this country; the official who faced charges of embezzlement has no place to hide abroad. Stepan Poltorak, minister of defense said this commenting on the investigation into the case on Thursday.
‘I think the NABU, the national anti-corruption bureau of Ukraine should answer all the charges-related questions since they initiated the case and lead the investigation. General Pavlovsky has quite professionally performed his duties since the first days of the Russian aggression. He was in charge of the Mariupol sector in the combat area in Donbas. However, if he is involved in a crime, he should be held accountable for it. Pavlovsky has nowhere to run. As the person in charge of the Mariupol sector, he has three criminal cases opened against him in Russia’, Poltorak said.
Based on Pavlovsky’s declaration of incomes, the minister added it is unlikely that the suspect has enough money to escape to Europe or elsewhere.
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.