Military expert Yury Kolesnikov believes that the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of deliberately sabotaging the work of the Temporary investigative Commission to investigate the facts undermining the defense of Ukraine. This is reported by “Ukrainian news”.
We will remind, in June 2018, the Ukrainian Parliament supported the draft resolution № 8434 “About creation of the Temporary investigative Commission of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to investigate information on thefts in the Armed forces of Ukraine and to undermine the defense capability of the state in the period from 2004 to 2017”.
“From the beginning of his creation of the Temporary investigative Commission to investigate the facts of embezzlement in the armed forces and undermining the country’s defense, formed in the Parliament, yet never meeting, and shall not do any work. Today, we can confidently say that the investigative process was completely sabotaged, the experts are not involved, and the establishment of the Commission was exclusively a politician’s character. I am convinced that in a country at war such things do not happen just so, and then the state in which APU entered the war in 2014, is not an accident,” – said Kolesnikov.
“Today, in this context referred to the names of ex-Ministers of defence of Yanukovych: if, Lebedev and Salamatin, but I want to emphasize that the process of systematic plundering of the army and undermining our defense, did not begin in 2010. It began much earlier, has been continuous systemic in nature, and, of course, it was the Russian special services,” – said the expert.
“We (expert Wednesday – ed.) the required explanations, the openness of the work and involvement of experts. Obviously, if this does not happen in the shortest time possible, the Commission can put a cross and send the relevant addresses already in the SBU on the subject of sabotage the Commission’s work. Society needs to hear the names, and the perpetrators must bear responsibility”, – concluded Mr. Kolesnikov.
In turn, the Chairman of the Temporary investigative Commission of Parliament on investigation of facts of embezzlement in the armed forces and undermining the country’s defense, the people’s Deputy of Ukraine Ivan winnick declined to comment on the prosecution’s expert, stating: “I will not comment, it’s nonsense. A month and a half of the deputies were on vacation, and obviously no one was going”.
“Political overtone to this question gave one of the former Ministers of defense, who sees himself as a presidential candidate in the next election. When such accusations are made in advance, it is likely that the corresponding candidate ex-Minister have something to hide,” added the Secretary of the parliamentary Committee on national security and defense, MP winnick.
We will remind, the Minister of defense of Ukraine from 2005 to 2007 was Anatoly Gritsenko. As explained earlier, the former head of the Main intelligence Directorate (Gur) of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Alexander Skipalsky, then there was no military plan for the protection of Ukraine from Russian aggression, because Gritsenko opponent was considered the West, not Russia.
“Neither the state nor the defence Ministry nor the SBU, no one responded to information about the threat from Russia, no one thought that Russia will attack. They just never agreed with people who talked about it, and was not prepared for a possible attack,” – said Skipalsky.