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Ukrainian KFOR Peacekeeper Charged with Bribery

January 17, 2011
A former member of the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo has been charged with abuse of position for allegedly taking bribes when receiving fuel for NATO peacekeeping contingents.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has filed charges against a captain of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who was formerly the head of the fuel service for the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo.

“It was found that from October 2008 to April 2009, as a member of the Ukrainian peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo, an officer, by abusing his position, gave a private local company over 1.2 million litres of fuel worth over €627,500, which was imported to Kosovo without the payment of the respective customs duties to ensure the needs of the KFOR peacekeeping contingents.

“For these actions, the captain received a bribe of around €60,000 from a private company representative,” the media relations department of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported on Monday.

The officer has been detained and taken into custody under a court order.

In September 2010, local media reported that servicemen from the Ukrainian contingent of NATO’s Kosovo Force carried out large-scale fraud with the supply and sale of fuel in Kosovo from 2006 to 2009.