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Prosecution checking all Ukrainian defence ministers after 1991

The biggest damage was inflicted on the army during Viktor Yanukovych's presidency.

Prosecution checking all Ukrainian defence ministers after 1991
Mykhaylo Yezhel, Ukraine's defence minister in 2010-12
Photo: Max Levin

The Prosecutor-General's Office is checking all defence ministers and General Staff chiefs after 1991, chief forensic expert Olekandr Ruvin said at a meeting of the parliamentary committee for national security and defence. His office has completed a military investigation into the Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.

"We have a separate investigation and a separate criminal case concerning all defence ministers and General Staff chiefs from 1991 until present," he told MPs.

He said the biggest damage was inflicted on the army during the tenures of Mykhaylo Yezhel, Dmytro Salamatin, Pavlo Lebedev and Ihor Tenyukh as defence ministers, which covers the period from 2010 to early 2014, that is during Viktor Yanukovych's presidency.

From 2004 to 2015, Ukraine lost 832 tanks, 232 helicopters, 202 aircraft, 714 infantry fighting vehicles and APCs, 4,930 cars, 28,555 items of missile and artillery systems, 1,824 small arms, and ammunition worth 560m hryvnyas.