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For now only Konovalyuk “pays up” for arms supply2008-12-12 09:24
Yesterday the report of inquiry commission investigating the Ukrainian military equipment supplies to Georgia was made public.
During the period prior to the conflict the large-scale supplies of Ukrainian arms that were used at the time of the attack on Tskhinval were especially intense - the report reads. - As the commission states from May 27 to August 8 25 Grad-M MLRS, a "Buk-M1" SAM system, 4 "Kolchuga" radio investigation stations, 15 "Shkval" combat units, 16 armored trucks, "Mandat" radio interference complex, 1,8 mln of large caliber charges and other arming were shipped to Georgia".
Two days earlier the head of the commission Valery Konovalyuk held a press conference in Ukrainian office of Interfax. The head of the commission used to say before that the arms trade with Georgia had been unprofitable to Georgia. It was also in prejudice of defensive capacity. Now he confirmed that with exact figures.
According to him only five positions concerning tanks, armored trucks and small arms have brought half-billion-hryvna loss to the Ministry of Defense. For instance a "Buk-M1" SAM system was sold to Georgia for just 20 mln dollars (while Pakistan offered 100 mln for it).
The arms were supplied undercharge but even these amounts have not reached the budget in full.
"The returns on arms sale practically bypassed the state budget, - Konovalyuk stated. - They were laundered by numerous structures and one-day companies controlled by "Ukrspetsexport". For 4 years Ukraine has sold arms for the total amount of 2,5 bln dollars. Only 200 mln have reached the budget. The destination of the remaining sum is unknown".
Out of twenty million paid by Georgia for Buk 1M SAM system only five were received by Kiev They could just as well junk the missile complex.
Four days before the press conference the Ukrainian Security Council asked the leader of Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovich to exert influence on his fraction deputy Konovalyuk. The head of USC Valentin Nalivaychenko wrote to ex prime minister an open letter repeating that "all supplies had been legitimate and conformed to international regulations. And contrary statements damage national interests of Ukraine and inflict losses on the companies". However Konovalyuk's main question where the money for the supplies is was not answered by the USC.