Ukrainian Defense Minister Poltorak ready to resign over corruption in his ministry

18:44, 12 October 2017
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Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak says he is ready to resign if investigators prove the guilt of his deputy Ihor Pavlovsky, who is involved in the case of multi-million embezzlement at the Defense Ministry, according to the news portal Novoye Vremia.

Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak / Photo from Defense Ministry

"I am ready at any time," he said at a briefing, Novoye Vremia said.

Poltorak claims it will also be his liability if the guilt has been established.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office exposed a corruption scheme used to embezzle public funds worth over UAH 149 million, or US$5.6 million, in fuel procurements by the Defense Ministry.

Read alsoPoroshenko says no one dares steal from armyDeputy Defense Minister Ihor Pavlovsky and Director of the Department for State Procurement and Supplies of Materiel at the Defense Ministry Volodymyr Husevych were detained amid anti-corruption raids on October 11.

Two other suspects are an employee of the said Department and a representative of the Defense Ministry's Internal Audit Department.

Commenting on the detention of his deputy, Poltorak said his subordinate has nowhere to flee because Russia has opened three criminal cases against him for his participation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas. What is more, he is unlikely to possess money enough to seek asylum in other countries.

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