SAP: Anti-corruption agencies investigating possible corruption in Wall project
Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP) Nazar Kholodnytsky has said that anti-corruption agencies are investigating possible corruption during the implementation of the Wall project and detectives will travel to the site to carry out a full investigation.
"Criminal proceedings have been opened. Last week with Artem Sytnyk [director of National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, NABU] we heard detectives and the supervisor of pre-trial proceedings in this case. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) gave instructions in the case and they are being fulfilled. We have to go to the site and see," Kholodnytsky said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.
People's deputies from the Samopomich faction Olena Sotnyk and Roman Semenukha together with the deputies from other factions late July sent an appeal to the heads of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ministry of Defense asking them to check on the Wall fortification being built on the border with the Russian Federation.
In September 2014, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers presented a draft arrangement of the state border of Ukraine with Russia under the Wall name, which was supposed to have a kind of fortification made of concrete barriers, control strips, ditches and alarms that can prevent the penetration of the enemy's military equipment to Ukraine.
Only UAH 60 million out of UAH 200 million planned in the national budget in 2016 was provided for the implementation of the project, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said in July.