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 Verkhovna Rada National Security and Defense Committee claims corruption at Defense Ministry. PHOTOS

Verkhovna Rada National Security and Defense Committee has submitted a number of pleas to the president, prime minister, defense minister, Prosecutor General, military prosecutor and SBU of Ukraine on the facts of corruption at Ukraine's Defense Ministry.

The decision was taken yesterday during committee's meeting, Censor.NET reports.

It is about violation of the procedures of public procurement of lubricants, special fluids, food, personal protective equipment for the military, as well as provision of catering services for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Deputy Serhii Pashynskyi explained that earlier in August the committee urged the Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak to prevent the purchase of fuel oil at an inflated price, but to no avail.

"They are brazen enough to continue the purchase (of fuel oil - ed.) at a price that is two and a half times as high as that in the market, with more than UAH 30 million (about $1.37 million) being stolen on each 6,000 tons," MP Ivan Vynnyk said. "Moreover, there are orders to carry out internal investigation against the commanders of military units who refused to purchase fuel oil at this price," he added.

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Another committee member Tetiana Chornovol spoke about the facts when the technical specifications of goods were approved by the ministry in favor of certain producers.

Chornovol demonstrated a helmet produced by Temp 300 Ltd, which is purchased in large quantities by the ministry for the military, and, according to the deputy, is made with violations of safety regulations.

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"The internal piece is attached to the main helmet by building screws. That is, if hit, a screw is driven into the head. The helmet has Temp-3000 label on it. All ministry's lots for supply of helmets and armor vests are won by this firm solely. That is a complete monopoly," Chornovol said.

Chornovol also noted that one of the technical conditions set out by the ministry for combat boots is a drawing of a particular firm Talanlehprom Ltd. Accordingly, this firm won all ministry's tenders as well.

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In his turn, MP Semen Semenchenko reminded of tragic death of Lieutenant Colonel Ihor Shyrynskyi who burned in an explosion at the Yavoriv training ground due to a low quality uniform made of fabric "2701."

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"This fabric is made of 100 percent synthetic threads. It is flammable, does not smolder but melts. That is why the Lieutenant Colonel died," Semenchenko said, adding that the uniform made of this fabric was also purchased at an inflated price.

"People who are guilty of not only stealing the budget but also in the death of the soldier must be brought to justice," Semenchenko resumed.

In the near future, the facts of corruption outlined at the meeting will also be published on committee's website.
 
 
 
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