Kryvonos appointed deputy secretary of National Security and Defense Council

Kryvonos appointed deputy secretary of National Security and Defense Council

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree appointing Serhiy Kryvonos as deputy secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).

Kryvonos' introduction was broadcast on the Facebook page of the head of state page.

"I want to inform you that I have made a decision and signed a decree appointing you, Mr. Colonel, as deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine," Poroshenko said.

The president also noted the high professionalism and moral and human qualities of Colonel Kryvonos, as well as support for him from the public and volunteer fighters in his activities as deputy commander of the Special Operations Forces.

Kryvonos ran for the Ukrainian presidency in the election on March 31, but on March 6 he filed an application to the Central Election Commission and withdrew from the presidential race in favor of Poroshenko.

On February 25, journalists of the Nashi Hroshi (Our Money) program disclosed a "long-term scheme of laundering hundreds of millions of hryvnias" from Ukraine's defense sector. According to journalists, Ihor Hladkovsky, the son of NSDC First Deputy Secretary Oleh Hladkovsky, is allegedly involved in the scheme. Later, Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) reported that firms appearing in the investigation of Bihus.Info journalist Lesia Ivanova are the objects of inquiry by NABU detectives.

Oleh Hladkovsky rejected allegations of corruption and appealed to the NABU and the Prosecutor General's Office with the request to verify the facts contained in the journalist investigation.

On March 4, Poroshenko signed a decree dismissing Oleh Hladkovsky from the post of first deputy secretary of the NSDC.

Subsequently, Ukroboronprom reported that Director of Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau Oleksiy Babich and Director of Izium Instrument-Making Plant Serhiy Filonenko had also been removed from office.

On March 6, the NSDC ordered an audit and revision of Ukroboronprom's activities.

NABU Director Artem Sytnyk said at a briefing that on March 7, about 20 searches were conducted as part of two criminal proceedings over cases of abuse at Ukroboronprom, which were disclosed in the Nashi Hroshi program.


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