The national media accused the agency this Saturday of having reached an agreement with prices “two or three times higher” than the current ones for food for its soldiers.
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The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has denied this Sunday have signed contracts to inflate food prices for their soldiersrejecting the accusations of corruption in the country’s army.
statements are produced a day after the national media accused the Ukrainian Ministry of of having reached an agreement with prices “two or three times higher” than the current ones for basic foods.
The signed contract in question, by 2023, will be worth 13 billion hryvnias, or 350 million dollars at the current exchange rate, according to the news website ZN.UA.
“The Ministry acquires the corresponding products in accordance with the procedure established by law,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense responded, describing the information that appeared in the press as “false.” In addition, it has stated that it is “preparing documents” with a view to open an investigation into the “dissemination” of this “misleading” informationwhich “harms the interests of the defense during a special period”.
The Ministry stressed its “principle of zero tolerance against corruption.” “Checks are carried out” on the signed contracts, he added. He also announced “an internal audit” and an “emergency meeting”around the Ukrainian defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikovto be held on Monday, to clarify “the procedure (and) the circumstances of the purchase of food for military personnel by 2023.”
“In the event that violations are detected in the activities of officials of the Ministry of Defense, They will be held accountable in accordance with current legislation.“, said the Ukrainian ministry in its statement.
In another scandal that erupted over the weekend, Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Office questioned on Saturday to the First Vice Minister of Development of Communities and Territories on suspicion of embezzlementaccording to the Ministry of Infrastructures.
Vasyl Lozynkiy, in office since May 2020, “received (400,000 dollars) to facilitate the conclusion of contracts for the purchase of equipment and generators at inflated prices”NABU said in a statement, as Ukraine grapples with power shortages following Russian attacks on its power facilities.
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