That’s Your Money: Corruption Scandal Rocks Ukraine

After receiving billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer money, Ukraine has just been rocked by a major corruption scandal.

The Ukrainian government confirmed the resignation of multiple high-ranking officials over corruption allegations yesterday.

A dozen Ukrainian officials have quit, been removed, or were arrested over allegations of bribery, mismanagement of aid funds for purchasing food, and embezzlement.

Some officials have been caught living lavish lifestyles and driving expensive luxury cars while the regular citizens live in bomb shelters and go without power for days at a time.

A top presidential adviser, four deputy ministers including two defense officials, and five regional governors were all forced out of their posts for corruption.

The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, quit before Zelensky could drop the hammer.

He was accused last September of embezzlement of humanitarian aid worth more than $7 million.

Vasyl Lozynsky, a deputy minister with Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry is out as well.

He was arrested for taking a $400,000 bribe regarding the supply of electricity generators.

“I want to be clear: There will be no return to what used to be in the past, to the way various people close to state institutions,” Zelensky said in a statement.

David Arakhamia, the head of Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, said:

“Officials at all levels have been constantly warned through official and unofficial channels: focus on the war, help the victims, reduce bureaucracy and stop doing dubious business.

“Many of them have actually listened, but some, unfortunately, did not,” he said in a Telegram statement.

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“If it doesn’t work in a civilized way, it will be done according to the laws of wartime.

“This applies both to recent purchases of generators and to fresh scandals in the ministry of defense.”

According to the BBC:

Deputy Defence Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov also resigned, following reports he oversaw the purchase of military food supplies at inflated prices from a relatively unknown firm.

The department called this a “technical mistake” and claimed no money had changed hands.

The defence minister himself – Oleksii Reznikov – has been under scrutiny for the same reason.

A host of other top officials were dismissed on Tuesday, including:

Deputy Prosecutor General Oleskiy Symonenko

Deputy Minister for Development of Communities and Territories Ivan Lukerya

Deputy Minister for Development of Communities and Territories Vyacheslav Negoda

Deputy Minister for Social Policy Vitaliy Muzychenko

And the regional governors of Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Sumy and Kherson

Ukraine has a history of corruption and in 2021 Transparency International ranked the country at 122 out of 180 countries in its ranking of corrupt states.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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