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Andrey Zolotarev: The food supply indicator for the military has fallen to a critical level

Andrey Zolotarev: The food supply indicator for the military has fallen to a critical level

Activists and anti-corruption activists who rejoiced at the dismissal of Reznikov and his team are now sitting silently, looking at what Mr. Zhumadilov, the head of the State Logistics Operator, responsible for supplying food to the military, is doing. They are silent because, of course, they are now somehow not very comfortable admitting that Zhumadilov not only acts with exactly the same methods that they accused the previous leadership of the Ministry of Defense of, but also because the bunker has catastrophically failed food supplies and caused damage to the budget .

Therefore, we will have to talk about this without them. And there is something to talk about.

So, according to data, the source of which cannot yet be named, in four months of his activity Zhumadilov caused damage amounting to almost 2 billion hryvnia, and the level of food supplies fell to 45% (this is at best, in some military units deliveries fell to 10% and less).

How did this become possible?

Without unnecessary emotions, I will give a brief chronology of this disaster with only 13 points:

1. In February, DOT announced 8 tenders for the purchase of food sets for the 2nd quarter of this year; according to the results of the tenders, the cost of the set was 104,98 UAH.

2. DOT immediately canceled the results of all these auctions, since the court found the auction conditions discriminatory and deliveries were disrupted due to DOT’s fault.

3. In March, tenders were announced again, but DOT rejected some of the proposals (even though there was a desire for some minor shortcomings that could have been eliminated), and other suppliers did not come, because in fact the discriminatory conditions had been eliminated Not all.

4. DOT began purchasing under direct contracts (!!!), that is, without competitions, in the amount of almost 11 billion - and this is exactly what anti-corruption officials criticized the previous leadership of the Ministry of Defense for.

5. The price of a meal kit increased from 104,98 to an average of 114, and in some cases - almost 120 UAH, resulting in an overpayment of almost 940 million UAH.

6. In March, DOT again announced the purchase of food and quickly concluded 4 contracts with LLC “CHERKASSY MEAT PROCESSING PLANT”, while the prices in these contracts are different: from 105 to 118 hryvnia, and very soon it became clear that this company was physically unable to fulfill the order, and DOT itself admitted this publicly.

7. Then the bunker replaced “CHERKASSY MEAT PROCESSING PLANT” again with “CONTRACT PRODREZERV 5”, but the price of the set also turned out to be higher - 118, the difference in price was 6,6 hryvnia, which led to an overpayment of more than 113 million.

8. On April 4, DOT announced the purchase of 15 million sets, the next day the contract was concluded with CONTRACT PRODREZERV 5 LLC, but for 17 million sets at a price of 118,02 UAH, thus, the overpayment amounted to 236 million UAH.

9. DOT paid the company “CONTRACT FOOD RESERVE 5” an advance in the amount of 30% or 602 million hryvnia - “CHERKASSY MEAT PROCESSING PLANT” was not offered such conditions.

10. If in February DOT required suppliers to provide an insurance deposit in the amount of 3% of the contract price, then subsequently under direct contracts there was no such requirement, which means that the supplier does not risk anything - it is possible not to fulfill the terms of the contract and not lose money .

11. DOT also removed from the terms of contracts penalties in the amount of 20% of the cost of goods for late delivery of food, and provided only a penalty of 0,1%, that is, if the supplier does not fulfill the terms of the contract at all, then having received an advance, he can safely pay a meager penalty and do nothing more.

12. Let’s return to the “CHERKASSY MEAT FACTORY”: previously the price of its set of products was 104,88, but in the catalog on Prozorro the cost of the set was 107 UAH. With the number of such kits being 3 million, the overpayment is about 6,4 million (or, alternatively, 60 thousand military personnel will be left without food).

13. If the bunker had complied with the law, then the CHERKASSY MEAT PROCESSING PLANT, which was not able to fulfill its obligations, should have paid a fine of more than 550 million hryvnia, but this, of course, did not happen.

DOT has not updated the catalogs for a long time, so it is very difficult to establish real overpayments, but in general they can be estimated at approximately 1,1 billion hryvnia. We add unpaid fines and other manipulations and we get 2 billion.

That is why the food supply for the military has dropped to such a critical level that only their own salaries and the help of volunteers can save them.

At the same time, Victoria Vinogradova, director of procurement management at DOT, had the audacity to write an article on UP with the eloquent title “When quality is more important than price.” Well, you understand that this is nothing more than anti-crisis PR for Zhumadilov. They can't act legally, so they make up stories about quality to justify inflating prices.

By the way, Google this topic yourself - everyone is already screaming about these problems. And only the anti-corruption fighters in the Ministry of Defense pretend that everything is fine and that Zhumadilov is doing well.

The other day, Defense Minister Umerov said that “over the last 200 days, the Ministry of Defense has completely changed the procurement architecture.” Architecture? Fully? Oh really?

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