On Thursday, December 6, the Verkhovna Rada prolonged for another six months the work of the provisional investigatory commission to investigate the cases of theft in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. By this decision, the parliament instructed a number of bodies to declassify some materials on the sale of military equipment and other objects owned by the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces in the period of 2004-2017.
In addition, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legislative Support of Law Enforcement was recommended to submit for the parliament’s consideration the draft law on amendments to the Criminal Code in order not to apply the limitations period in bringing to criminal responsibility for the crimes that resulted in the Armed Forces’ lose of their fighting capacity.
The faction of Samopomich Union supported the initiative. MP Taras Pastukh is convinced that the investigatory commission should focus on what is happening in the defence sector now. Actually, this is what Samopomich has been insisting on from the very creation of the commission.
Taras Pastukh notes, “It is true that the commission has succeeded in revealing a whole range of glaring facts about the theft in the Armed Forces. But what is happening in the present is no less important.
The whole country witnesses warehouses exploding in Ukraine every year. This weakens our country’s defence capability. These explosions result in billions of loses for the state. The whole country hears about corruption scandals connected with the procurements in the Ministry of Defence.”
The MP states that such facts cannot be ignored. Consequently, the commission should not be limited to the activities of the previous leadership of the state, but should include the period of the current leadership as well.