The Department of the Treasury has finally addressed allegations of corruption in Ukraine, allegations that are particularly important given the amount of both money and weaponry flowing into the country, and have have been brought to the forefront by a wave of corruption-related resignations from Ukraining officials in recent days.
Speaking on the matter in a response to Reuters,Treasury spokesperson Megan Apper said, incredibly, that there is “no indication” the American dollars that have flowed into the Ukraine have been “misused,” saying”
“We have no indication that U.S. funds have been misused in Ukraine. We welcome the ongoing efforts by the Ukrainian authorities to work with us to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place so that U.S assistance reaches those for whom it is intended.”
Apper added that the Treasury would continue to work closely with the World Bank “to confirm that [US aid dollars] are used as intended, as well as with Ukraine and other partners to tackle corruption.”
That flies in the face of Ukraine’s post-Soviet history, during which it has been known as a center of corruption, ranking 116 out of 180 countries on the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (where 180 is the worst).
Adding context to the situation, ZeroHedge, in its report on the mass wave of resignations in the Ukrainian government, reported that:
The Ukrainian government on Tuesday confirmed the resignation of multiple high ranking officials amid large-scale corruption allegations, in what’s being called the biggest mass resignation and graft scandal since the Russian invasion began.
Some dozen officials have quit their posts after a huge political shake-up over allegations and probes into cases ranging from bribery, to mismanagement of aid funds for purchasing food, to embezzlement, to driving expensive cars while common people suffer under wartime conditions.
A top presidential adviser and four deputy ministers – among these two defense officials, along with five regional governors were forced out of their posts. And among the regional governors to step down included officials overseeing regions which have seen intense fighting, including the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, where Russian forces have lately reported gains.
By: Will Tanner. Follow me on Twitter @Will_Tanner_1
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