Tuesday, 22 September

The State Bureau of Investigations conducted about 40 criminal investigations on the purchase of property for the Armed Forces of Ukraine at inflated prices. This was stated at a briefing by the head of the SBU Roman Truba.

According to him, the searches take place at the dwellings of officials of the Ministry of Defense, employees of private structures and office premises. He specified that, together with investigators, the Department of Economic Protection and Prosecutor General’s Office are conducting the investigation.

According to preliminary estimates, the state’s losses, in this case, amounted to 100 million hryvnias, including the purchase of 100 thousand units of military uniforms and 20 thousand bulletproof vests, most of which do not meet the declared characteristics.

“Three of the five bulletproof vests are useless,” said Truba.

Ruslan Marchuk, the director of the SBU management in Kyiv, has added that 11,000 bulletproof vests were removed from the warehouses, so they will not be received by the army. At the same time, he refused to name the manufacturer of this body armor.

According to Truba, the criminal group included officials from the Ministry of Defense and private structures, but nobody has been suspected yet.

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