Scandal in the Ministry of Defense: NABU and SAPO opened criminal proceedings and check purchases

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MoD Scandal: NABU and SAPO open criminal proceedings and check purchases

NABU and SAP are investigating possible abuses by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Information appeared in the media that the Ministry of Defense was buying products for the military at inflated prices.

The NABU reported that they and the SAP are aware of information about possible abuses in the Ministry of Defense, which appeared in the media space. NABU and SAPO decided to launch an investigation based on their own developments.

NABU and SAPO launched an investigation based on their own developments

The information is being investigated as part of the criminal proceedings initiated on its own groundwork, before being made public in the media, the report says.

It is reported that the investigation is checking purchases for more than 13 billion hryvnia.

Preliminary legal qualification – part 5 of Art. 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Assignment, embezzlement or possession of property through abuse of official position).

The NABU reported that the investigation was ongoing. “Other details are the secret of the investigation,” law enforcers added.

What is known about the scandal with the Ministry of Defense

  • The media published a copy of a deal worth UAH 13.16 billion concluded on December 23 by the Ministry of Defense for catering services in 2023 for military units deployed in the Poltava, Sumy, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv and Cherkasy regions.
  • Journalists compared prices with those in the Silpo chain of stores in a residential area of ​​Kyiv. Prices for the most popular products purchased by the Ministry of Defense turned out to be 2-3 times higher.
  • Maryana Bezugla, Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, said that as of January 2023 The State Audit Service of Ukraine is conducting an audit of the Ministry of Defense.
  • The Ministry of Defense informed that they were conducting an internal audit. The department is also preparing materials for the SBU in order to conduct an investigation into the dissemination of deliberately false information that harms the interests of defense in a special period.
  • In addition, the Ministry of Defense believes that the scandal with the purchase of products for the military is artificial. Aleksey Reznikov said that this was an information attack against the department.

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