Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the US State Department of State claimed that the clashes between the Ukrainian anti-corruption bodies raise the doubts that the authorities of Ukraine aim to defeat the corruption. It is reported at the official statement of the Department of State.
‘The disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), and the seizure of sensitive NABU files – raise concerns about Ukraine’s commitment to fighting corruption. These actions appear to be part of an effort to undermine independent anti-corruption institutions that the United States and others have helped support’, the message said.
Also, it is stated that such actions undermine public trust and risk eroding international support for Ukraine
The US urged all branches of the Ukrainian authorities to work jointly to eliminate corruption from the public life.
As we reported earlier that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) during the attempt to bribe Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of State Migration Service.
Dina Pimakhova, the First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service revealed her version of the incident with the agent of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). According to her, Serhy Boyarsky, the NABU agent established the informal friendly relations with her and began to offer a bribe to legalize the foreigners.
The detectives say they had made up a cover story, by which the undercover agent came into contact with Pimakhova, and in November she agreed to help with giving out a permit for temporary residence for $30.000.
Later Artem Sytnyk, the Head of Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine claimed that all cover operations of the NABU agents were stopped.
Moreover, Yury Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine that the NABU performed an illegal act when it asked for the FBI assistance while searching the State Migration Service office.