Сorruption in Ukraine reached enormous proportions - it effects arms resales as well

10:06 17.08.2022 • Vladimir Kozin , Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences

On August 11, the head of the Anti-Corruption Action Center in Ukraine V. Shabunin, an official close to the U.S. Democratic Party, in his Telegram channel accused the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in unwillingness to create IT logistics what negatively affects the defense capability of the state. He questioned the statements of high-ranking Kyiv state and military officials on the operability of the system of control over Western weapons supplied to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which they declare on international platforms.

Previously  Shabunin held a senior position at the Center for Innovation and Development of Defense Technologies. This accusation was made by him after many unsuccessful attempts to “get through” to the command structures of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and deploy at least “elementary warehouse software”. According to him, there are financial and technical means to launch the project, as well as the required number of programmists, analysts and managers. The problem is that “the military cannot use IT systems without regulations from the Ministry of Defense”.

Despite the fact that it was about the system of support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a whole, without an emphasis on Western weapons, the “persistent innovator” was fired from his position. This decision was made by the order of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine A. Reznikov, whose adviser, A. Mochanov, concluded that Shabunin was engaged in "subversive activities".

The volume of corruption in Ukraine has reached proportions that can no longer go unnoticed.

Western countries providing Kyiv with multibillion-dollar financial injections and military aid are sounding the alarm. The German magazine "Die Welt" published an article, and the American TV channel "CBS" conducted a documentary investigation on Ukrainian corruption. Both materials confirmed the participation of President V. Zelensky in corruption schemes related, among other things, to the resale of weapons supplied by the West.

In mid-July, U.S. Republican Congresswoman Victoria Spartz initiated an investigation into the misuse of Western financial and military aid to Ukraine.

Up to 50-70 percent of Western hi-tech weapons vanish in the haze – delivered to the black markets in the Middle East and Europe. It depends on the type of weapons sold for money always cheaper than the price for each unit paid by the U.S. and European taxpayers.

The Kyiv regime takes a comfortable position to defend itself. It is asking for more arms without preparing honest accounts on how many of them have been lost or destroyed on the battlefields, and how many have disappeared due to “unknown reasons” from its stocks.