The fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko admitted it was a mistake to appoint Oleg Gladkovsky as First Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defence Council, as he said in an interview for Pravda.
Poroshenko explained that he was convinced Gladkovsky had managerial skills.
“I was sure that his managerial skills would allow completing tasks set in a war period fast – transfer to three-shift regime of Ukroboronprom. They were completed,” Poroshenko said.
Answering the question whether he recognized Gladkovsky’s appointment as a mistake, Poroshenko said: “Personnel? Certainly. I fired him and corrected the mistake”.
According to Poroshenko, he dismissed Gladkovsky in a week after materials of Bihus.info investigation were published.
“A week which was spent for his dismissal was needed as facts had to be checked. There is a story. You have to appeal to Prosecutor’s Office, NABU, military prosecution, SBU – for confirmation”.
Speaking of rating losses after the scandal, Poroshenko said: “I don’t know (how much, - ed.), but we did loose. This is hard especially because I have nothing to do with it”.
Poroshenko said he has no ties with Gladkovsky now.
“He must explain what happened there,” the politician said.
As it was reported, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating eight criminal proceedings on Poroshenko’s wrongdoings.
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 (NSDC), 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 knew the origin of the smuggled parts but agreed to purchase them.
Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov and Andriy Rogoza were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.