STATEMENT OF UKROBORONPROM DIRECTOR GENERAL ROMAN ROMANOV

I made my decision to leave my post as the head of the SC “UkrOboronProm”. I wrote a resignation letter last year and I hope that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will support my decision. In order to immediately put aside a set of questions, I have to emphasize several important positions.

We have won. By saying “we” I mean all 80 thousand UKROBORONPROM employees, who managed to transform the biggest defense union of Ukraine into an effective mechanism, which – in parlous times – supplied our defenders with armament that helped them to defend our country.

We remember the year 2014: Ukrainian Army had no modern combat vehicles, no communications equipment, no drones. We remember that just 3.5 years ago we were reviving idle defense enterprises and repairing destroyed in battles military equipment directly in the ATO zone; transferring tanks – barely enough to cover the needs of several platoons.

Today, the true assessment of 3,5 years of UKROBORONPROM’s work is more than 16,000 units of armaments and military equipment, transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, State Border Guard Service and other law enforcement agencies, in accordance with the State Defense Order, fulfilled 100%.

Over 12.5 billion UAH of taxes paid to the budgets of all levels; while – within the framework of the State Defense Order – UKROBORONPROM received 11.7 billion UAH.

We completely broke ties with the Russian military-industrial complex. The import substitution program was launched at full capacity, with almost 500 private enterprises throughout Ukraine, replacing the components from the Russian Federation.

We reached agreements with the leading companies from the USA, Germany, Canada, Britain, Poland and many other countries. Some of them are already attracted to mutually beneficial cooperation and agreements with the rest of those will be announced in the near future.

For the first time in the history of Ukraine, we launched a large-scale defense industry reform, creation of clusters and corporatization of enterprises. We introduced changes in the environment of a globally distorted information field and post-truth.

We tested new armament samples, from armored vehicles to UAVs, designed in accordance with the NATO standards, instead of repairing Soviet military equipment. The "Missile Shield" program: a dozen of UOP enterprises are elaborating on the creation of high-precision long-range missiles. There are many other achievements that laid the foundation for systematic expansion of results for many years to come.

Implementation of integrity, honesty and transparency policies is of key importance to me. And all of those we introduced in UKROBORONPROM. The Concern became the first state industrial union of Ukraine, having launched e-tendering system, which helped to save more than 1.4 billion UAH, starting in 2014.

UKROBORONPROM received the Supervisory Board, under the supervision of the rector of the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after I. Sikorsky" Mykhaylo Zhurovs’kyy. On the initiative of UKROBORONPROM, Anthony Tether – former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – was appointed as member of UOP  Supervisory Board. And I believe that together with UKROBORONPROM specialists, graduates of KMBS, MIM-Kyiv, Kyiv Polytechnic and many other leading universities of Ukraine, scientific thought, modern business models and advanced experience will allow us to move even faster.

Throughout the years of my work at UKROBORONPROM, the media kept reminding me that I had come to the State Concern from business. It’s true. And I believe that every man must devote certain period of his life to serve his country: Past 3.5 years were my service.

I am grateful to each of the 80,000 employees of the SC "UkrOboronProm," who believed in country’s defense industry revival. I am confident that my successor will continue this course. And I will smoothly hand over all the responsibilities, so that this transition in no way affects the efficiency of the work of the Concern.

Our team gave a powerful impetus to the development of both the Ukrainian defense industry and the entire economy of the country. We understand how – in a couple of years – to create a defense industry that will ensure the independence and territorial integrity of any country.

I am grateful to everyone who put their trust in us.