Ukraine defence chief quits amidst scandal


The Deputy Defence Minister of Ukraine, Vyacheslav Shapovalov has resigned amidst scandal over the purchase of overpriced food for soldiers.

The Defence Ministry on Tuesday announced that Shapovalov, who was responsible for supplying the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the hinterland, has asked to be dismissed.

There has been reports which caused a stir in Ukraine media showing the ex-minister bought food at prices up to three times higher than retail prices for the troops.

The contract Shapovalov managed for feeding the troops in the hinterland and not the frontline troops was worth $371 million.

Oleksiy Reznikov, the Defence Minister on Monday rejected the accusations against Shapovalov, his deputy, saying they were aimed at “undermining confidence in the Defence Ministry at a very important time” and that a transparent investigation of the allegations would be duly conducted.