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Revolution in Defence Procurement: Why is the New Law Important for Every Ukrainian?

The Law on Defence Procurement which was adopted by the MPs on the last day of Session III, is a clear victory of the Parliament, the Armed Forces, and Ukraine. This law comprehensively changes the legislation in the area of defence procurement from the Soviet one to European. It brings us closer to the standards […]

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Zelensky Tracker: How His First Year Has Gone for Ukraine’s Defence

During his presidential campaign Volodymyr Zelensky made a commitment to fight corruption in Ukraine’s defence sector and specifically mentioned the steps he was planning to take if elected. He made this commitment to our organization answering the seven questions of the Questionnaire which was sent out to all the presidential candidates. Later on, when NAKO […]

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Liquidation of “Ukroboronprom”: and no one will ever know…

Liquidation of the state defence enterprise “Ukroboronprom” should not turn to the operation of cleaning up the mess. The procedure must be held competently, correctly and without a haste. It is planned to register in Verkhovna Rada the bill on reforming the military-industrial complex, which, in particular, provides the liquidation of the state defence enterprise […]

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Olena Tregub: Why Ukraine’s defense sector corruption is worse than we thought

As the March 31 presidential election approaches, Ukraine has been shaken, yet again, by a disturbing corruption scandal. Investigative journalists from Bihus.Info exposed corruption schemes through which at least 9 million euro were embezzled from within UkrOboronProm – the state-owned defense conglomerate of over 100 companies. The investigation exposed that UkrOboronProm knowingly purchased equipment either […]

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Drago Kos: Quick fix for Ukroboronprom still possible before election

The defense corruption scandal involving Ukraine’s state defense conglomerate UkrOboronProm (UOP)  in the midst of Ukraine’s presidential campaign has become the part of the campaign debate ahead of the April 21 vote. Investigative journalists recently reported that a corruption scheme operating since 2015, the year President Petro Poroshenko appointed his business partner Oleh Hladkovsky deputy secretary of […]

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What will the end of Merkel era mean to Ukraine and Russia

NAKO Co-Chair Volodymyr Ohryzko for Ukraine’s Information Agency UNIAN Everything once comes to an end. And now we’re seeing the start of the final stage of Angela Merkel’s cadence. In German politics, she will certainly leave a very noticeable trace. Frau Merkel is as a leader perhaps of the same magnitude as Adenauer or Kohl. […]

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Enough Populism in Defence Housing

Few have heard the story of Stalin’s Chicken in which Soviet novelist Chingiz Aitmatov recounts the manner in which Stalin allegedly taught his counselors how to rule. As it goes, in 1935, Stalin held a live chicken in front of the perplexed group. Causing it incredible pain, he plucked the chicken’s feathers out. Then, placing […]

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Illusion of Secrecy. Are we able to keep our Secrets?

In Ukraine, about 55 percent of defence procurement is classified through the State Secrets. While the best international practices range from 1 to 20 percent of secret defence spending. Thus, Georgia has chosen the way of transparency: its Ministry of Defence has reduced the secret expenses from 90 percent to six in just three years. […]

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Defence Housing Reform in Ukraine needs the Right Start

Ukraine has the longest defence housing queue in the world. As the current system is corrupt and ineffective, it could take more than 600 years to satisfy defence housing needs. To help resolve this dire matter, the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO) at the request of Ukraine’s Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak carried out the […]

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What Will the Law on National Security Change?

NAKO analyst Taras Yemchura for Novoye Vremya. Business On July 5, 2018, Petro Poroshenko signed the Law of Ukraine on National Security. Many experts criticize this law because of a number of shortcomings, the discrepancy of some of its articles with the provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine and the lack of real progress in […]

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