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The contract in question, signed for this year, amounts to 13,000 million hryvnas, that is, 350 million dollars, according to the information portal ZN.UA.

“The ministry buys the relevant products through the procedure established by law,” responded the Ministry of Defense, which described the press information as “false.”

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“These were disseminated with the intention of deliberate manipulation,” complained the ministry, which will open an investigation into the “dissemination” of “misleading” information that harms Defense interests in a critical period.

The ministry also announced that it will launch an “internal audit” and that today there will be an emergency meeting led by the portfolio minister, Oleksii Reznikov, to clarify “the procedure and circumstances of the purchase of food products for military personnel in 2023 ”.

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In parallel, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Denys Chmygal, reported on Telegram that the country’s Deputy Minister of Development of Communities, Territories and Infrastructures had been dismissed.

“The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine orders the dismissal of VM Lozinki,” he noted.

Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Office detained the minister on Saturday on suspicion of embezzlement. In office since May 2020, he received $400,000 “for facilitating contracts to purchase equipment and generators at inflated prices,” the office said in a statement.

The dismissal of the politician occurs in a context of electricity cuts due to Russian bombing against the country’s energy facilities.

In almost a year of fighting, the war in Ukraine has caused nearly 180,000 deaths or injuries in the ranks of the Russian Army, and 100,000 on the Ukrainian side, not counting 30,000 civilian deaths, according to calculations released yesterday by the Norwegian army chief. These figures make the allegations of embezzlement even more serious.

“Russian losses are close to 180,000 dead or wounded soldiers,” Norwegian Chief of Staff Eirik Kristoffersen said in an interview with TV2, without specifying the origin of these figures.

“Ukrainian losses probably go beyond 100,000 killed or wounded. In addition, Ukraine registers 30,000 civilian deaths in this terrible war”, added the Norwegian general.

Russia and Ukraine have not given reliable balances of their losses for months.

In November, US Army chief Mark Milley had claimed that the Russian army suffered losses of more than 100,000 killed or wounded, with a similar “probable” toll on the Ukrainian side. These figures cannot be verified from an independent source.

Despite heavy losses, “Russia is in a position to continue (this war) for a long time,” the Norwegian chief of staff added on Sunday, citing Moscow’s mobilization and weapons production capabilities.

Source: Ambito

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