A top advisor to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has blown the whistle about rampant corruption among top officials in the war-torn nation.
Speaking anonymously to Time Magazine, the advisor reportedly admitted that corruption is so rampant in Ukraine that officials are “stealing like there’s no tomorrow.”
Time Magazine reported that the whistleblower is alleged to be a top presidential advisor to Zelensky.
The insider reportedly admitted that the Ukrainian government’s alleged efforts to stamp out corruption have proved fruitless.
They stated that Ukraine’s anti-corruption policies, including the firing of Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov, were implemented too late to have any impact.
“People are stealing like there’s no tomorrow,” the top advisor is said to have told the publication.
Officials do not “feel any fear” of engaging in corruption.
According to the advisor, corrupt officials feel emboldened because the firing of Reznikov and others took over six months after Zelenksy was warned that the Defence Ministry was drowning in lawlessness.
Another advisor is also reported to have blown the whistle to Time.
The second insider reportedly told the magazine that, by the time Zelesnky acted, “it was too late.”
By then, the corruption scandal had not only become known in Western capitals but also among soldiers on the frontline, they said.
On the frontline, troops reportedly began making lewd jokes about “Reznikov’s eggs.”
The jokes are a reference to the accusation that the Defence Ministry had vastly overpaid for basic items such as eggs and coats for soldiers.
The report notes claims by officials that Zelensky’s office has worked to give the impression that it’s tackling corruption, rather than working to actually prevent it.
Government officials have been issued strict directives and are told to “avoid the slightest perception of self-enrichment…”
“Don’t buy anything. Don’t take any vacations. Just sit at your desk, be quiet, and work,” officials are reportedly told.
Meanwhile, members of Zelensky’s staff are claimed to be paid just $1,000 per month and sleep in bunker rooms the size of prison cells.
The issue of corruption in Ukraine, which has been ranked by Transparency International as the most corrupt European country except Russia, is becoming a major issue in Washington D.C.
The latest revelations come as Democrat President Joe Biden continues to push for more American taxpayer dollars to be sent to the former Soviet state.
In addition to the $113 billion already committed to Ukraine, the Biden administration is attempting to convince Congress to send another $61.4 billion.
The White House is trying to tie the additional Ukraine aid to the emergency funding for Israel and the U.S. border crisis.
Republican Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), a leading opponent of continuing to fund the proxy war against Russia, said on Monday:
“I’ve sat in a lot of briefings where I was promised Ukraine doesn’t have a corruption problem.
“The Biden admin has lied to us.
“Not one more penny to Ukraine.”
The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has warned that “Ukrainian government officials allegedly engaged in bribery, used government vehicles for personal use, and purchased inflated food supplies for Ukrainian forces.”
Even the corporate media, which has been a proponent of perpetuating the endless war in Ukraine, has begun to slowly admit that corruption is a major issue in the country.
The left-wing New York Times is even reporting that Ukrainian officials acknowledged that money intended for military contracts “failed to produce weaponry or ammunition and that some money has vanished.”
Meanwhile, President Zelensky has claimed in an interview with Time that battling corruption is one of his chief aims.
However, he also alleged that the issue is being weaponized to cut off funding.
“It’s not right for them to cover up their failure to help Ukraine by tossing out these accusations,” he said.
A top official told the magazine that Zelensky has begun to feel betrayed by his backers in the West for merely providing enough assistance to survive rather than sufficient weaponry to win the war against Russia.
However, another said that Zelensy “deludes himself.”
“We’re out of options,” they said.
“We’re not winning. But try telling [Zelesnky] that.”
The publication went on to claim that officials in Ukraine are beginning to believe that there may no longer be enough soldiers left to win the war due to heavy casualties over the past year and a half.
Even if the United States were to supply all the weaponry needed, one aide said it still wouldn’t be enough.
“We don’t have the men to use them,” they noted.