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Kyiv opens corruption investigation into arms procurement

Kyiv opens corruption investigation into arms procurement
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Ukraine said Tuesday it was investigating alleged corruption into arms procurement but vowed there was no “misuse” of the Western weapons pouring into the country to fight the Russian invasion.

Kyiv has for months promised its EU allies that it is still committed to fighting corruption, even during war time.

The announcement also came three months after Kyiv appointed a new defence minister, Rustem Umerov, following allegations of corruption in the army during the tenure of his predecessor.

“There are several proceedings related to arms procurement,” Oleksandr Klymenko, the head of the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, said.

He said these included contracts that amount “from 10 to 100 millions of euros”, but said he could not disclose details.

“It is necessary to investigate and establish specific facts: whether it happened or not.”

But Klymenko said that authorities had not received any complaints from Western allies that have provided the country with weapons.

Corruption is a major problem in Ukraine, and there have been several corruption scandals in recent months, including within the defence ministry.

But the allegations never concerned the military and financial aid given to Ukraine by Western countries.

“We constantly inform our partners that if they have information that indicates corruption, misuse of the assistance provided, we are ready to put it as a top priority and start an investigation,” Klymenko said.

Ukraine has received tens of millions of dollars in aid from the US, the EU and the UK since Moscow invaded in February 2022.


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