The Ministry of Defense had a loud scandal with the purchase of products for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This is a story about the fight against corruption, and not about someone creating fakes and stuffing into the department.
An investigative journalist told Channel 24 about this “Our money” Yuri Nikolov. Reznikov's deputy has already resigned after scandals with the purchase of products for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Product prices for the State Border Guard Service and the Ministry of Defense
Nikolov noted that the prices for products for the State Border Guard Service and the Ministry of Defense differ in some places by 2 times. However, for example, eggs are transported from the same factories and food bases by the same roads by the same trucks. In retail stores there is a markup on goods – about 20%, but not for the State Border Guard Service, because understanding is at war.
The Ministry of Defense had some other motives for concluding a contract for such incredible prices, which, I remind you, changed exactly on the night of December 31 to January 1. In the December contract, they had plus or minus prices, at least like in stores, in particular, eggs for 9 hryvnias, and from January 1 it’s already 17 hryvnias, – an investigative journalist of the Nashi Dengi newspaper noted.
He added that he would like to hope that this matter will not end only with resignations. In particular, Shapovalov wrote a letter of resignation, and also said that he was saving something, but here it was manipulation. So why give him a medal for this?
The publication appeared after Rammstein
According to an investigative journalist from Our Money, the publication about this appeared after Ramstein. Journalists are not enemies of Ukraine, but it was important that it appeared before February 1, when the contract would work. Thus, it was important to prevent theft.
“If the Ministry of Defense responded to the request in time, if it went into any communication, if it made an explanation – well. Our goal was to change prices to normal, to prevent theft. However, unfortunately, no one communicated with us, they only said that fake news was being prepared against the Ministry,” Nikolov stressed.
As he noted, the Ministry asked the editor of Zerkalo Nedeli to send a request again. Intermediaries called to meet and explain everything. But the main thing is to demonstrate acceptance certificates, which will indicate the prices for products for military units, and from which it will be clear that the hands of the Ministry of Defense did not steal anything.
Nikolov about the scandal with the purchase of products for the Armed Forces of Ukraine : watch the video
No damage was done to the state
Nikolov continued that no damage was done to the state, not a penny was paid. Now they say that the prices have already been changed. The West also reacted correctly – soon we will get tanks. Ukraine has demonstrated the main principle of a European state, if there is corruption, there is a fight against it.
Before the Ministry of Defense stopped any publications in Prozoro on February 24, prices in contracts differed from store prices by 10% – 15%. Now in an unpublished contract – 1.5 – 3 times. Some officials from the Ministry of Defense have lost the fear that people are watching their actions,” the investigative journalist of the Nashi Dengi newspaper emphasized.
He summed up that his proposal to return food prices to the Prozoro system . In no case is it said about weapons, even about the number of products by which the enemy could conditionally calculate the number of personnel. No – give me the price of a kilogram of potatoes, for example, so that society can see it all the time.
MoD Scandal: Latest News
- 24 January, a meeting of the anti-corruption committee was held on the scandal with the purchase of products for the military at inflated prices. The key conclusions and results of the committee are known.
- The Defense Ministry fired the director of one of the departments, Bogdan Khmelnitsky. He appears in a scandal over food purchases for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- A scandal erupted in Ukraine over defense purchases of food for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense said that an internal audit was being carried out, but the department emphasized that the published information has signs of manipulation and is misleading.