Ukraine Defense Minister Accused of Stealing $40 Million

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A senior Ukrainian Defense Ministry official has been detained over allegations he embezzled 1.5 billion Ukrainian hryvnia ($40 million) relating to an artillery shells contract, according to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).

It’s US taxpayer money. The US is funding Ukraine’s entire bureaucracy.

In September, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, citing the need for “new approaches” amid a number of corruption scandals involving Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.

Rustem Umerov, the former people’s deputy of Ukraine, was appointed as his replacement.

Oleksii Reznikov

In October, the Biden administration officials reportedly were “far more worried about corruption in Ukraine than they publicly admit, according to a confidential U.S. strategy document obtained by Pplitico.”

Politico Reports

The “sensitive but unclassified” version of the long-term U.S. plan lays out numerous steps Washington is taking to help Kyiv root out malfeasance and otherwise reform an array of Ukrainian sectors. It stresses that corruption could cause Western allies to abandon Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s invasion and that Kyiv cannot put off the anti-graft effort.

“Perceptions of high-level corruption,” the confidential version of the document warns, could “undermine the Ukrainian public’s and foreign leaders’ confidence in the war-time government.”

That’s starker than the analysis available in the little-noticed public version of the 22-page document, which the State Department appears to have posted on its website with no fanfare about a month ago.

Rand Paul wrote on X, “Millions of Americans are struggling each day to make ends meet. Is it fair to funnel our hard-earned money to a corrupt foreign government? My oath of office requires me to put the American people first, not Ukraine’s oligarchy.”


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Ancient Alien
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Ancient Alien
1 month ago

2 possibilities. One, he’s the only one who didn’t put his hand in cookie jar, or he did and greed prevented him from sending 10% to the big buy.

Madam DeFarge
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Madam DeFarge
1 month ago

Considering what zelensky already siphoned off, this guy is a piker.

Doyle
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Doyle
2 months ago

I would ask the likes of Rand Paul to please point out a non corrupt government on this planet. Won’t hold my breath getting a real answer, just the normal platitudes likely. The solution to this type of corruption is only send them military hardware, let the Europeans pay for their bureaucracy.

Last edited 2 months ago by Doyle
Anonymous
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Anonymous
2 months ago

How is it that Ukrainians can catch the higher ups embezzling money but in the US we can’t? Nancy Pelosi’s husband just made a fortune (again) off stock trades. No arrests! And have we forgotten the borders at home, why is everyone instead so worried about corruption abroad? Fentanyl isn’t in our streets by accident, it’s due to corruption at our own borders. Maybe we should get the Ukrainians to run the CBP, they stopped the Russians and they arrest corrupt crooks!

Ben Colder
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Ben Colder
2 months ago

They all must get their ten percent including the Sniff Bribeme .This article just makes the argument for no funding for the corrupt Ukraine no more money not one cent. The truth be known I would bet that Bribeme and his drug smoking son are both getting kick back from every cent the US has and is sending to Ukraine they are as corrupt as the Ukraine gov. Stop the money .

Doyle
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Doyle
2 months ago
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Yes just military hardware because the vast majority of those funds go to Pentagon accounts. As to the rest of your fantasy I’d bet you can’t prove it but hey it’s your narrative, run with it.

MAJ
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MAJ
2 months ago
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Doyle loves licking the boots of the criminal government. Keep making excuses for them like a good little slave.