Ukroboronprom sacks Director of Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory Tymkiv
Ukraine's Ukroboronprom Concern has dismissed Director of Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory (LAVF) Roman Tymkiv.
According to Ukroboronprom's press service, the concern's head fired Tymkiv on August 28, 2018.
"During Tymkiv's tenure as LAVF head bad decisions resulting in delayed repairs of military equipment were made. Some resulted in LAVF being obliged by court order to pay fines to a customer for tardy repairs," Ukroboronprom's press service said.
"According to his contract, Tymkiv as LAVF director was responsible for fulfilling orders in a timely matter. Failure to observe conditions of contracts is the reason for his dismissal," the press service said, recalling that during the summer of 2017 Tymkiv was suspended as LAVF director "making it impossible to dismiss him until the suspension ended."
Tymkiv was appointed LAVF director in September 2015 after winning a competition by Ukroboronprom for the job. Prior to that, he headed an enterprise as acting director.
On July 14, 2017, National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) detectives under the direction of Ukraine's Specialized Anti-corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAPO) detained a group of persons involved in shady purchases of tank engines. The group included Tymkiv. Kyiv's Solomyansky District Court ordered his arrest, setting UAH 2 million bail. On July 18, Tymkiv posted the bail and was released.
On July 12, 2018, SAPO said it had concluded its pretrial investigation and sent to the Solomyansky District Court an indictment in a criminal case involving overpayment for engines by LAVF and Defense Ministry officials. SAPO's investigation established that after winning a tender for delivering 40 tank engines, LAVF delivered used engines acquired from LLC Bullet Line. The investigation showed these engines were sold in 2008-2009 on the domestic market as excess property belonging to the Defense Ministry. In SAPO's opinion, losses to the government from the deal amounted to UAH 14 million.
LAVF informed the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency that Viktor Androshchuk has been acting director of the factory since July 2017.
As part of Ukroboronprom since 2011, LAVF is among the key enterprises of Ukraine's armor producing industry. The factory upgrades the T-72B tank, as well as Dozor-B, a new armored combat vehicle that can be used in military operations conducted in urban conditions and corresponds to the third class of protection under NATO's STANAG (standardization agreement) standard.