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16 October, 2018
The MoD has built a single house for 70 apartments for the military for two years
Gromadske TV attended the NAKO press conference, where the Committee presented a research of corruption risks and inefficiencies in the defence housing system. Below there are the key messages that the journalists paid attention to. 1 billion 247 million hryvnias has been allocated over the past two years from the state budget to the defence housing program: it concerns the construction of their own housing, reconstruction of buildings, purchase of housing and monetary compensation. During this time, one apartment block was built for 70 apartments in Kropivnitsky and one apartment block for 4 apartments was reconstructed (this was announced by Member of the Accounts Chamber of Ukraine Igor Yaremchuk during the briefing where NAKO presented the report). Yaremchuk noted that originally the Ministry of Defence planned to build their own housing, but they bought already finished apartments instead. Among the key reasons there are the following: the money was not provided in the required amount; money was not used according to the plan. The reason for the slow construction lies in the difficulty with spending funds, claims Yuri Lypko, the Head of the Main Apartment and Operational Management of the Armed Forces. He stressed that the agency was waiting for a special decision by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to use money. It took them about 6 months to do this, according to Lypko. He said that today such requirements have been canceled,  and the Ministry of Defence can manage the money itself and we can start using the funds. According to Lypko, during 2018-2019, the Ministry of Defense plans to build 49 apartment blocks for 1061 apartments and 281 rooms for dormitories. Lypko emphasized that the Ministry included NAKO’s recommendations into a new strategy according to which the servicemen will provide temporary housing (at the time of construction), provide compensation for rented housing, and will provide one-time cash assistance. As of the beginning of 2018 more than 47,000 servicemen are in the defence housing queue.