The President once again “woke up and smelled the coffee” and decided to do what Samopomich has been insisting on for several years in a row. Namely – to declassify information about the state order in the defence sector. Looks like it is only due to the scandal in connection with journalistic investigations into the schemes of his “beloved friends” in Ukroboronprom that the President resorted to such a step.
Poroshenko resorted to such a step three weeks before the election, while Samopomich has been advocating this for years now.
In October 2016, Taras Pastukh explained why it was necessary to remove the “top secret” mark from defence contracts:
“Every Ukrainian contributes to the development of the army, but no one knows what these funds are spent on. Because the expenditures on the defence sphere are classified as “top secret” in our country. The information is classified even for parliamentarians. In total, the budget for 2017 provides nearly 130 billion hryvnias for the security and defence sector. The Ministry of Defence will receive 64 billion hryvnias directly for the needs of the army. The rest – more than 65 billion hryvnias – are distributed between the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Border Service, the National Guard and the State Emergency Service. By presenting only general figures, the government is once again suggesting us being blindfolded when voting on the billions for the defence industry.”
A year later, in December 2017, the Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Oksana Syroyid, sounded the alarm:
“Our defence budget is presented in eight lines. It says – 89 billion will be divided – 69 billion will be spent on one article, 14 billion on some other article and the rest will be distributed elsewhere.”
In 2018, Oksana Syroyid compared the Ukrainian defence budget with the American one. Our defence budget once again presented a few lines, while the American consisted of volumes and volumes of text where each article was spelt out in detail and every soldier could see why and how much money is spent on him.
In July 2017, Yehor Soboliev insisted on transparent purchases in the defence sector:
“Soviet secrecy results in nothing else than corruption, therefore we must put an end to it. We need a new defence budget legislation.”
Thus, Samopomich has only now managed to see the implementation of their ideas by the President. The political force welcomes such a move by the Guarantor and hopes that an open defence budget will become a reality, not another false promise of the authorities.