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Former top Ukrainian defense procurement chief arrested trying to flee, denies $40m theft charges

The case of embezzlement of almost 1.5 billion hryvnias ($39.6 million) for the purchase of shells for the Armed Forces of Ukraine involves the former head of the Department of Military Technical Policy, Oleksandr Liyev, news outlet Hromadske reported on Jan. 28, citing a source in law enforcement. He was indicted and detained on Jan. 27.


Liyev himself later commented on his indictment, denying the charges. A Facebook post published on Jan. 28 said that it was written by his wife, from the words of the former official.


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