The chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Viktor Chumak opened criminal proceedings on the facts of possible abuse of the officials of the Ministry of defence in the implementation of the state program of creation and the procurement of ship class “Corvette” for the needs of the naval forces (naval forces) Armed forces of Ukraine.

“According to the results of audit of use of budgetary funds by the Ministry of defence under the state defense order of 7 October 2019 chief military Prosecutor opened criminal proceedings on the facts of possible abuse, officials of the defense Department that led to the loss of 84.5 million UAH of budgetary funds under implementation of state program of creation and the procurement of ship class “Corvette”, – said the press service of the Prosecutor General on Tuesday.

Pre-facts of abuse assessed as containing the grounds of an offense under part 2 St. 364 criminal code of Ukraine (abuse of power or official position which entailed heavy consequences).

Pre-judicial investigation is entrusted to the National anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).

The Prosecutor’s office indicated that they are auditing the priority of open and closed criminal proceedings, which are of particular importance, given the public interest. By results of checks will be accepted procedural decision, including the unification of separate criminal proceedings, cancellation of closing criminal proceedings and, if necessary, these cases are referred to the investigating authorities by jurisdiction.

At the end of 2017, the Cabinet approved a new version of the state program “Corvette” for a period up to 2028 total volume 31,93 billion. In accordance with the new version of the document, the main aim of the programme identified the construction of ships of class “Corvette” to ensure the capacity of reflection of the Navy military aggression, containment of threats to national security and the protection of the interests of the state.

The timing of the implementation of the defense program was shifted from 2021 to 2028, the total amount of state funding increased by 15.72 billion (97%) – from 16.22 billion to 31.93 billion. Letting the lead ship to the customer, as originally planned for 2016, is scheduled for 2022. Until 2028 is planned to build 4 corvettes.