Ukraine’s Defense Ministry on Sunday denied signing contracts at inflated prices for food products for its soldiers, rejecting any accusation of corruption in a country where embezzlement remains prevalent. These remarks come a day after press reports in the national media accusing the Ukrainian ministry of having agreed to prices “two or three higher” than the current tariffs for basic food products.
The signed contract in question, for 2023, would be for 13 billion hryvnias, or $350 million at current exchange rates, according to the ZN.UA news site. “The relevant products are purchased by the ministry in accordance with the procedure established by law,” responded the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which considered the information published in the press “false”.
“They are disseminated with the intention of deliberately manipulating,” criticized the ministry, which indicated “preparing documents” with a view to opening an investigation into “the dissemination” of this “misleading” information that “damages defense interests during a special period “. The ministry stressed “its principle of zero tolerance towards corruption.” “Controls are made” to the signed contracts, he added.
“Total social media fan. Travel maven. Evil coffee nerd. Extreme zombie specialist. Wannabe baconaholic. Organizer.”