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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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Between Classifying and Declassifying

Blog by MP Svitlana Zalishchuk for Ukrayinska Pravda Today, the President has signed the “National Security” Law. Nonetheless, the defence budget for the following year remains written in nine little lines, with nine-digit numbers, that conveniently keeps the flow of money classified. A rhetorical question: is it classified from external enemies or internal tax payers? […]

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New Law on National Security: What Will Change In The Defence Sector?

After almost three years of difficult negotiations and coordination on 21 January 2018 Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law on National Security of Ukraine which was introduced by the President. The goal of the document is to bring the security and defence sector closer to the system of NATO members. Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO) which […]

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