The U.S. Embassy will pay attention to the investigation opened by the General Prosecutor of Ukraine on the fact of embezzlement of funds during the construction of a nuclear facility “neutron Source”, said Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA in Ukraine Mila Jovanovic.

“We knew nothing, but thank you that you told about this case. We pay attention to it,” said Marie L. Yovanovitch at a briefing in Kharkiv on Friday, answering the question if she knows about the investigation of cases of embezzlement of funds for construction of a nuclear installation.

She also noted that the United States is very important how the money is spent the American taxpayer that were allocated in the framework of cooperation with Ukraine.

“We appreciate their cooperation with the Kharkiv region, as well as from all over Ukraine. Of course, we are interested in how the money is spent the American taxpayer. So we want the money to come here, to Ukraine, was spent in the way that was envisaged,” said Marie L. Yovanovitch.

As reported, in April 2010 during the visit of President Viktor Yanukovych has promised that Ukraine will get rid of highly enriched uranium with technical and financial assistance of the United States. In the framework of bilateral agreements, Ukraine has received from US an equivalent amount of low-enriched uranium and related equipment. In addition, the United States has allocated funds for the construction of a nuclear facility “neutron Source based on subcritical Assembly driven by a linear electron accelerator” NSC “Kharkov Institute of physics and technology”.

June 1, 2017. The Prosecutor General’s office of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings concerning officials of the National scientific center “Kharkov Institute of physics and technology”, LLC “Trade-purchasing company “torgservis”, LLC “Industrial complex “Light miner”, LLC “Stalkonstruktsiya”, LLC “Stal” LTD, which in the period 2012-2017.g. abusing his official position, acting in collusion with officials of subcontractors and other entities using forged documents, carried out the embezzlement of funds allocated by the U.S. government for the construction of a nuclear facility “neutron Source”, in a large scale, by transferring them to business entities with signs of fictitiousness.