The Ukrainian Protection Ministry announced Friday that it had suspended senior official Toomas Makhkur after the Safety Service of Ukraine (SSU) announced that it had uncovered an embezzlement scheme throughout the ministry.
In January, the SSU reported that it had found an embezzlement scheme involving present and former ministry officers and an arms firm, Lviv Arsenal. SSU asserts that ministry heads colluded with Lviv Arsenal, resulting in a fraudulent artillery sale utilizing state funds. Particularly, SSU alleges that the ministry purchased artillery from Lviv Arsenal, however the arms have been by no means delivered, and the funds used for the acquisition have been positioned in an account of an affiliated entity owned by Lviv Arsenal. Lastly, SSU said that the suspects withstand 12 years in jail.
The ministry suspended Makhkur upon the request of Deputy Protection Minister Ivan Havryliuk.
This isn’t the one corruption concern the Ukraine authorities has confronted in its ongoing war with Russia. Firstly of 2023, the Ukrainian authorities dismissed a number of ministers from their positions amid an anti-corruption push. Additionally, in 2023, the SSU reported that it handed legal prices to Ihor Kolomoisky associated to cash laundering and fraud in his oil and fuel holdings, and Ukraine’s Nationwide Anti-Corruption Bureau announced investigations into two unnamed lawmakers on Tuesday for allegedly making an attempt to bribe reconstruction officers.
Regardless of these points, Ukraine moved up 12 locations to rank 104th out of 180 international locations in Transparency Worldwide’s Corruption Perceptions Index,