Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov announced a reform in the food system in the army. Before that, journalists published a high-profile investigation, which said that the Ministry of Defense allegedly buys products for the military at inflated prices.
The minister stressed that they want to introduce a flexible but unified menu system into the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He recalled that in 2016 they introduced the Food Catalog, which ended the Soviet food practice. However, Reznikov acknowledged thatthis created some corruption risks.
Loopholes for abuse will be closed
Despite the fact that the system works well, it allows loopholes for conspiracy and abuse. Reznikov wants to close them. According to him, the basis of nutrition will be units of measurement and calories, not money and calories. This approach is common in NATO.
The reform will take 4 to 5 months. However, the challenges may refer to the fact that there are different nutritional requirements of the species, genera and forces of the APU.
There are Ukrainian Navy, paratroopers, aviation with their own characteristics. There are differences between food in the field at the front and at the point of permanent deployment. This entire array needs to be worked out,” Reznikov said.
According to him, back in the autumn they began to prepare the ground for these changes, but now they are acting carefully, since food supplies must be continuous. After the reform the army will have a vegan, halal, kosher and lenten menu.
Part of defense purchases should be open
Responding to the scandal, Reznikov supported the people's deputies' initiative to make part of defense purchases open, if it is will not harm the security of suppliers and preserve sensitive information about the APU.
The minister assured that he had no complaints against journalists who publish accusatory materials about purchases from the army. However, he added that it is impossible for documents of the defense department to be freely distributed in the public space.
However, this is a question, first of all, for officials of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Reznikov turned to the SBU not because of the activities of journalists, but because of a possible leak of papers that do not pose a threat to the defense.
What preceded this
- Journalists published an investigation, which said that the Ministry of Defense buys products for the military at inflated prices. The text of the relevant agreement has been published. Because of the scandal, the leadership of the department has already been summoned to the Rada.
- The Ministry of Defense called the article manipulative, but on January 24, the government fired Deputy Minister for Logistics Vyacheslav Shapovalov, and subsequently announced the dismissal of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, director of the procurement department of the Ministry of Defense.< /li>
- The Office of the President reacted to the scandal. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Presidential Office, said that there are marauders in every war. An investigation is needed. If there really was a price gouging, then they should be punished.