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Another senior Ukrainian Defense Ministry official fired after supply corruption scandal

MADRID, 25 Ene.

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Another senior Ukrainian Defense Ministry official fired after supply corruption scandal

MADRID, 25 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The Ukrainian authorities have announced a new dismissal within the Ministry of Defense following the corruption scandal regarding the alleged purchase of military rations at inflated prices by the Ministry of Defense, after the president, Volodimir Zelensky, dismissed more than a dozen governors, deputy ministers and even a deputy adviser.

The head of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament, Anastasia Radina, has indicated through her account on the social network Facebook that the director of the Purchasing Department of the Ministry of Defense, Bohdan Khmelnitski, "has been dismissed", as he It was Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov.

Likewise, he pointed out that the Minister of Defense, Oleksiy Reznikov, has confirmed that the delivery of food to the military "is carried out based on contracts from last year." "Together with colleagues, we will review documents and prices," he pointed out, before pointing to a "reform of the supply acquisition system for the Army."

Zelenski described on Tuesday as "necessary" the decision to dismiss more than a dozen senior officials in the wake of these scandals. "All internal issues that hinder the state are being eliminated and will continue to be eliminated. It is fair, it is necessary for our defense, and it helps our rapprochement with the European institutions," he said.

Ukraine has been the scene in the past of numerous cases of corruption and Transparency International placed it in 2021 in 122nd place out of a total of 180 in its study on the perception of corruption. The fight against these crimes is also one of the key demands of the European Union (EU) in the framework of the process for its possible accession to the bloc, something firmly rejected by Russia.

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