On monthly results, Ukroboronprom's enterprises surpassed a monthly plan for the supply of weapons and military hardware to the Armed Forces in May. Several enterprises of Ukroboronprom have been destroyed by Russian invaders. However, it is important for us to keep specialists who had been working or continue to work at the enterprises. That's why we are launching a hotline for appeals. Any employee whose problem cannot be solved by the company will be able to forward it to Ukroboronprom State Concern by calling +380996128329. Currently there are employment vacancies in 27 areas or professions of the defense sector. The list of vacancies is published on the website and social networks of Ukroboronprom. This week, the governments of Ukraine and Poland agreed to deepen defense cooperation. Ukroboronprom and a Polish defense company have already signed a bilateral document setting up the first joint venture. The agreement stipulates for repairs and overhauls, assembly and production of heavy weapons for Ukraine, cooperative research and development of new high-tech models of military hardware.
On May 31, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a Draft Law No. 8307 in the 2 reading by 238 votes. This draft law, initiated by Ukroboronprom State Concern, is aimed to enable the enterprises of the State Concern to lease sites and equipment during martial law in order to house their operations to meet the needs of security and defense forces in a simplified procedure. Such property will be leased by Ukroboronprom’s enterprises without competitive procedures. The rent fee shall be defined by the agreement of the parties and agreed by the authorized entity, but may not be less than 1 percent of the book value of a rented facility. At that subleasing of such property shall be banned. The draft law also defines the list of entities that cannot be tenants: in particular, persons associated with the aggressor state. Ukroboronprom shall be obliged to inform Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers and the State Property Fund of Ukraine about lease agreements concluded in accordance with the draft law on a monthly basis, as well as to publish information on lease agreements concluded in accordance with this procedure within one month after suspension or termination of martial law.
May 31, the first meeting between Ukroboronprom’s General Director Yuriy Husyev and the new US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink took place in Hostomel, a city in Kyiv region. The parties discussed further military cooperation between our countries. Ambassador Brink said that helping Ukraine defend itself is the top priority of the United States. As it was reported Bridget Brink was appointed by President Biden as the US Ambassador to Ukraine on April 25, 2022, which was unanimously approved by the US Senate on May 18, 2022.
General Director of Ukroboronprom Yuriy Husyev met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Ukraine Kim Hyun Te. An issue of possible cooperation between marine and aviation enterprises of our states was discussed. The parties also discussed investments and technology transfer potential. As it was reported earlier, Korea has provided multimillion-dollar humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the beginning of war, and it is ready to join reconstructing medical infrastructure.
General Director of Ukroboronprom Yuriy Husyev met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark to Ukraine Ole Egberg Mikkelsen. Among other things, they discussed enhanced military cooperation and the implementation of prior political settlements. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen in Kyiv back in April.
On May 17, 2022, Ukroboronprom held a meeting of its Supervisory Board to discuss the results of the team of Ukroboronprom in 2021 and in the first quarter of 2022, as well as the state of transformation of the state defense industry in accordance with a special law signed by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in October last year. General Director of Ukroboronprom Yuriy Husyev applied to the Board to reduce his salary till the end of the martial law regime to the level of 23,930 UAH (over 800 USD), which is 10 minimum living wages. This issue has been considered separately. The Supervisory Board supported the appeal and decided to get back to the issue of Mr. Husyev remuneration within three months after the end of martial law. «The Supervisory Board highly appreciates the results of the team of Ukroboronprom. The work of the state defense industry became especially important for the whole country after the full-scale Russian invasion on February 24. We also support the appeal of General Director Yuriy Husyev to reduce his monthly salary to UAH 23,930 till the end of martial law», — the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ukroboronprom Tymofiy Mylovanov said.
Italy ranks sixth in the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in terms of aid to Ukraine, and fourth in terms of military aid. Italy is a strategic partner and a friendly country to Ukraine. Recently, the General Director of Ukroboronprom State Concern Yuriy Husyev had a working meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic to Ukraine Mr. Pier Francesco Zazo. The point at issue was the possibility of enhanced military cooperation in the face of Ukraine's countering Russian military invasion.
Today, on May 10, the Security Service of Ukraine announced identification and detention of a fire spotter, who provided the enemy with information about the location of one of the enterprises of Ukroboronprom State Concern. As reported by the Security Service, such actions of the collaborator resulted in enemy artillery damaging Mykolaiv armored plant.
Ukroboronprom State Concern, together with government authorities, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, MPs and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, has begun work on creating a Program for Defense Industry Development. Drawing-up of a plan of measures for country’s post-war development is a key task of the National Council for the Recovery of Ukraine from the Consequences of the War, established by Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Presidential Decree on April 21, 2022. Together with foreign arms manufacturers, State Concern is already working to establish service and repair centers for the basic nomenclature of hardware to be supplied to Ukraine, and in future — set up a licensed production of new weapons and hardware for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. «The program of development of Ukraine’s defense industry is based on the rearmament of the Armed Forces with the latest weapons. Thus, the defense-industrial complex should become the core in the developed economy of Ukraine», — the General Director of Ukroboronprom Yuriy Husyev emphasizes.
Security Service of Ukraine detained a leading engineer of one of Ukroboronprom's plants for his possible involvement into missile strike on the enterprise. The employee was exposed by the plant’s security department disclosed the employee. The collaborator has reported to the Russian Federation the consequences of the missile attack at the enterprise. In addition, another fire spotter has been detained at the plant of Ukroboronprom. Security department of another enterprise of the State Concern reported that. A former employee of the plant turned out to be a traitor. He provided coordinates for the rashists to launch missile strikes on the plant, he also directed artillery fire after strikes. “Ukroboronprom took initiative and approached Ukraine’s Security Service with a request to investigate cases of undermining Ukraine's defense capabilities. State Concern is cooperating and assisting Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute those who collaborate with the aggressor state,” Roman Zabarchuk said, Deputy General Director for Security of Ukroboronprom.
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On March 29, Ukroboronprom removed Serhiy Bychkov from his office of General Director of Antonov State Enterprise, which is part of the State Concern. The reason for the dismissal was an official investigation into verification of certain facts published in the media. Yuriy Husyev, General Director of Ukroboronprom, appealed to law enforcement bodies. Ukroboronprom is assisting the Security Service of Ukraine in elucidating the events of possible violations.