Ukrainian lawmakers draw up defence transparency invoice after graft claims By Reuters

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KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s ruling celebration drew up a invoice on Tuesday aiming to spice up transparency in defence procurement after a military meals contract turned the topic of high-profile corruption allegations, in response to parliament’s web site.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s crew is attempting to set out a troublesome stance in opposition to graft after the Defence Ministry was accused by a media outlet of overspending on meals. The ministry denied the allegations.

Anastasia Radina, head of the parliamentary committee for anti-corruption issues, stated the invoice would make it compulsory for costs paid for services and products for the military to be made public on the state procurement web site.

Radina, a member of Zelenskiy’s Servant of the Individuals celebration, stated the requirement wouldn’t be launched for arms purchases.

“We’re obliged to make sure a stage of transparency in procurement for the military, below which such scandals merely is not going to come up. Can or not it’s accomplished in a manner that doesn’t expose clients and suppliers to extra dangers? Sure,” she stated.

Final 12 months, when Russia invaded Ukraine, the nation’s defence spending got here to about 32.5% of gross home product, in response to Oleksiy Danylov, head of its Safety Council.

The laws has been despatched to parliament for dialogue and would have to be permitted in three votes in that chamber earlier than being signed into regulation by Zelenskiy.

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