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Kryvonos, who withdrew his candidacy in favor of Poroshenko, becomes senior official

Serhiy Kryvonos has become First Deputy Secretary of National Security and Defence Council, replacing Oleg Gladkovsky, leading figure of the Ukrainian army embezzlement scandal
14:52, 12 March 2019

Sergiy Kryvonis, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine
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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appointed Serhiy Kryvonos as a new Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC), 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.

Serhiy Kryvonos ran for the presidency, yet later he withdrew his candidacy in favor of Petro Poroshenko.

Earlier Kryvonos held a post of a former Deputy Commander of Special Operation Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.  

Related: Ukraine's NSDC First Deputy Secretary suspends mandate due to corruption in army procurement

As it was reported, on March 4, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree dismissing Oleg Gladkovsky from the position of First Deputy Secretary of NSDC.

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 Gladkovsky 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.

Related: Ukroboronprom asks not to make defense industry topic 'political'

Igor Gladkovsky, along with Vitaliy Zhukov (former advisor of “Ukroboronprom” Director, the member of supervisory council of “Meridian” company till 2013, former assistant of Yuriy Tereshchenko, ex-Head of State Service of export control, Oleg Gladkovsky’s friend, - ed.) and Andriy Rogoza (CEO of “Inter Steel Ltd.”, - ed.) were supplying smuggled Russian components and components from the Ukrainian military units through straw companies at prices 2-4 times higher than market ones.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has initiated impeachment proceedings against Poroshenko, as his Leninska Kuznia company was involved as a straw company.

“Ukroboronprom” called the investigation of the journalists on the embezzlements “manipulations.”

Related: Ukroboronprom's international audit to be conducted by end of year, - Poroshenko

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