At today's meeting, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense supported the bill No. 4811 (replacing the bill No. 4057) on special forfeiture that will allow confiscation of ex-President Yanukovych's assets in favor of the state ($1.25 billion and 2.64 billion hryvnia (approx. $105,508 million)). This was announced by People's Front MP Dmytro Tymchuk on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.
According to him, the bill was supported by an absolute majority of the members of the Verkhovna Rada Committee (against - Samopomich MP T. Pastukh, abstained - non-affiliated MP V. Konstantynovskyi).
The new bill takes into account all the Council of Europe's previous comments regarding the bill No. 4057.
The MP also reminded that out of tens of billions of hryvnia in Yanukovych's assets, which this bill will make possible to confiscate, 10 billion hryvnia (approx. $399,653 ) will be spent on defense needs (the rest will go to the state budget and be partially spent on social programs).
In addition to the budget of other armed formations, 3.6 billion hryvnia (approx. $143,875) of these funds were secured in the 2016 defense budget for the purchase of new weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the repair and modernization of arms and military equipment.
At present, due to the shortage of funds for these purposes, the issue of procurement of new weapons for the Ukrainian army is in fact blocked.