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Prosecutor General reports on investigation into property embezzlement in Ukrainian army

According to him, the legal assessment of the actions might vary from violation of the article on “negligence” to the one on “state treason"
19:01, 4 February 2019

Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada

The investigation is working on obtaining documents on the basis of which the lists of so-called “surplus assets” in the defence sector of Ukraine were formed, as Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, said at the session of the parliamentary Provisional Investigatory Commission held for inspection of the theft in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2004-2017.

112 Ukraine broadcasted the session.

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“The investigation intends to get a couple of expert reports and we are now working on obtaining documents on the basis of which the lists of so-called “surplus assets” under the signature of the Defence Minister were created. Certainly, it is about the lists formed by the Defence Ministry surplus assets department, but also it is about the information they received from the various department of the General Headquarters,” Lutsenko said.

He stressed that only after the information is analyzed, “we can make conclusions on who was the main generator of a thoughtless elimination of a military capacity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and then estimate the situation in legal terms”.

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According to him, the legal assessment of the actions might vary from violation of the article on “negligence” to the one on “state treason”.

The Prosecutor General reminded that several events need legal assessment, in particular, the actions of the defence ministers and heads of the General Staff, who implemented the policy of the disarmament.

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“Besides, we see the continuation of this policy after 2010, during the rule of Yanukovych, but another aspect appeared since then. The leadership of the Defence Ministry when Yanukovych was the President and the leadership of the General Staff has made all the necessary management decisions to exclude the unified centre of troops management. The country was divided into three military zones,” Lutsenko said.

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