WASHINGTON, 15 Feb — The provision of American military assistance to Ukraine led to corruption, criminal cases were opened, arrests were made, the inspector general’s report says Pentagonpublished on the department’s website.
The structure for investigating corruption crimes, formed in Ukraine from representatives of the US Department of Defense and the State Department, has opened 57 investigations in two years, 14 of which have already been completed.
For example, since November 2021, seven American soldiers and civilian contractors have been found to have stolen approximately seven tons of fuel, valued at approximately $2 million, from an air base in Romania that was being used to assist Ukraine.
Another investigation uncovered a scheme in which a Romanian employee of a U.S. defense subcontractor received compensation for transferring transportation contracts to a Romanian supplier.
A previously published report by the US Department of Defense Oversight Office found that the Pentagon did not properly control the transfer of weapons to Ukraine. Thus, more than half of the supplies in the amount of $1.6 billion remained unaccounted for, and the risk of theft of weapons or their transfer to third countries remains.