The Ukrainian Government, at its session held on March 3, endorsed a draft decision to grant the country’s Ministry of Defense the status of the importer to buy military products and products containing information pertaining to state secrets.
“By that document, the Ministry of Defense, in its capacity as the chief Government customer in the field of defense, has been granted the authority to import into Ukraine military products and products comprising state secret information,” the Defense Express online media outlet informs.
The importer status has been granted to the Ministry of Defense for the duration of the next five years. During the said period, the Ministry of Defense will be eligible to execute orders, contained in the Government defense procurement contracts, involving imports of defense-related products, works, and services to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Also at the Government session of March 3, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal delivered his first one-year report on the Government’s performance under his leadership. It was particularly announced that the Government had paid initial upfront under contracts to build three An-178 aircraft for use by the country’s military.