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Ukraine Drafts Industry Blacklist, New Arms Program

Ukraine Drafts Industry Blacklist, New Arms Program

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Gusev announced that the ministry will create a blacklist of defense companies that supply low-quality weapons and equipment or cause delays in supplies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“We will suspend our cooperation, take actions against [such companies] and cancel concluded agreements,” Gusev told local news agency RBK Ukraine recently.

Gusev said that a certification program will be designed to designate those companies that supply high-quality weapons and equipment and operate in according with agreed delivery schedules.

The move comes as the Defense Ministry is drafting a conceptual document on a special program for acquisitions of arms and military equipment by the Ukrainian military in the years 2015-2020.

Local analysts say that the Ukrainian government aims to reduce inefficient defense spending, which hampers its military efforts against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east.

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