The Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak signed a decree on the accountability of individual military leaders responsible for the situation of the 53rd mechanized brigade.
This order was signed following the results of the internal investigation, which was conducted by bodies of the Ministry of defence and the General staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported on the website of the Ministry of defense.
The order deals with disciplinary liability of one of the Deputy chief of the General staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, individual managers of logistics of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Command of Land forces of Armed Forces of Ukraine and a number of officers of the Operational command «South».
Other officials guilty in violation will be prosecuted by the decision of the chief of the General staff — Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The order also set deadlines for elimination of the revealed during the inspection deficiencies. These measures are aimed at preventing similar incidents in the future, and increase the accountability of persons responsible for comprehensive maintenance of troops.
As previously reported, the military Prosecutor’s office is preparing the arrest of the leadership of the 53rd mechanized brigade of the Armed forces and the operational command «East».
As reported, 46 soldiers of the 53rd mechanized brigade on the range «Wide all right», February 8, in the afternoon went to Nikolaev to complain to the military Prosecutor on the conditions of service after the relocation under Nikolaev, carried out 5 days ago. The military personnel stated that sleeping in leaky tents, practically in the snow, they have nowhere to wash, and from eating only dry rations.
In the General staff in response to claims the military has promised to conduct an internal investigation and to prosecute officials responsible for the situation.
Later the military Prosecutor’s office of the southern region announced the opening of criminal proceedings for improper support fighters living conditions. The offence under part 3 of article 426-1 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (excess by the military official of authority or official powers that caused grave consequences), shall be punishable by deprivation of liberty for a period from 5 to 9 years.
Poltorak will punish the guilty in a situation with the 53rd brigade 16.02.2016