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Poor Governance and Corruption Inside Ukraine’s Defence Housing System: Risks and Recommendations

Ukraine has the longest defence housing queue in the world. The current system is wrought with corrupt and ineffective practices. Under current conditions it could take more than 600 years to satisfy defence housing needs. Moreover, damages incurred to Ukraine’s budget, as a result of subjective decision-making power, run into billions of hryvnas. The Independent […]

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Six Red Flags: The Most Frequent Corruption Risks in Ukraine’s Defence Procurement

Ukraine’s defence sector scored a ‘D’ in the most recent edition of Transparency International’s Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI); signifying low transparency and a ‘high’ risk of corruption. Defence procurement scored even lower and was highlighted as the most opaque and corruption-prone area in the defence sector. To help improve this, NAKO has studied the […]

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Secrecy and Transparency: Striking the Right Balance in the Defence Sector

All states grapple with the need to find a balance between national security concerns and the freedom of information. The risks of failing to control sensitive information related to national security can be extremely serious. Excessive secrecy enables corruption, hinders effective policy-making and planning, and, ultimately decreases public trust of the government. As Ukraine continues […]

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Crossing the line: how the illegal trade with occupied Donbas has undermined defence integrity

The illegal trade between government-controlled Ukraine and the occupied territories in Donbas is conducted systematically, facilitated by Ukrainian defense and security institutions, according to new research. The illegal trade undermines defence capacity, and damages Ukraine’s economy and reputation. And it is so lucrative that those involved have an interest in sustaining the conflict, potentially prolonging […]

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What the Doctor Prescribed? Corruption Risks in the System of Medical Supply in the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The system of medical supply in the area of defense has a number of lacunas and obscure mechanisms. They can lead to corrupt practices in procurement of medicines and medical products, purchase of products of low quality for the frontline and for military clinical centers. Besides, the medical supply system cannot offer effective procedures of […]

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Making the system work: enhancing security assistance to Ukraine

International security assistance to Ukraine is not always used effectively, according to new research on corruption risks in security assistance by the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee. The report identifies improvements in how assistance is monitored, but calls for improved regulation and oversight of security assistance, and greater transparency of key strategic planning documents like the […]

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